Column: Welding raises concerns about Bay Bridge construction

01/26/2009 | San Francisco Chronicle

Last year, inspectors found cracked welds in the steel girders supporting part of a new tower on the eastern span of San Francisco's Bay Bridge, write Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle. Caltrans says the welds have been repaired and also notes that the inspectors were too rigid with their interpretation of the welding standards. City officials say they are more concerned with finishing the project before the next earthquake. Part of the bridge's existing eastern span collapsed during a 1989 earthquake.

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