Lessons from Calif.'s bridge-bolt failure to help avert same mistake

05/3/2013 | Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.)

Findings into why massive anchor rods snapped on the eastern span of the $6.4 billion San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge in California are expected to be released soon, according to this article. How the state addresses the failure could help other states and countries prevent a similar mistake, say international engineering association leaders. "Engineers working in this area from throughout the world are waiting with bated breath to hear the outcome of the forensic and failure analysis," said engineer Kevin Garrity, a past president of NACE International. "My hope is that once everyone gets to the bottom of the major issues, the lessons learned will make a significant contribution to a more global understanding of the problems that can occur with high-strength steel."

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Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.)

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