(Deborah Svoboda/KQED)

Recent reports state that more than 400 steel rods securing the base of the new Bay Bridge’s eastern span may be faulty, adding to concerns about the bridge’s seismic safety and structural soundness. The Federal Highway Administration has launched an investigation, and a state senate committee held a hearing Tuesday to find out what went wrong. We discuss the latest developments.

Guests:
Steve Heminger, executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission -- the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the Bay Area
Jaxon Van Derbeken, reporter, San Francisco Chronicle

  • Bob Fry

    As a civil engineer myself (though in water resources) I’m appalled at the lack of competence CalTrans managers, engineers, and techs have demonstrated time and again with this project. At this point I think the notion of leaving the old span in place should be considered: it might do better in an earthquake than the new one.

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