Crack reveals joint weakness on Bay Bridge 

A steel fracture that led to closures of the Bay Bridge and its lanes revealed a vulnerability that is present at 15 other points along the aging span, which is being replaced.

The crack occurred in one of the bridge’s 1,680 eyebars at one of 16 joints that rotate to buffer wind and other impacts, lawmakers learned Tuesday.

"We’re paying close attention to those 16 locations," Caltrans Director Randell Iwasaki said Tuesday during a state Senate oversight hearing.

Repair efforts, which were initially bungled due to flawed blueprints, cost taxpayers and toll-payers more than $35 million, Iwasaki revealed.

Senators lambasted Caltrans for failing to closely monitor the initial repair before it fell onto traffic and for failing to take action after problems were detected.

 

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