The Ongoing Bay Bridge Repair Controversy (Timeline)

In the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, one section of the upper deck of the Bay Bridge’s eastern span collapsed onto the lower deck. The bridge was closed for repairs for a month. In 2002, reconstruction started on a self-anchored suspension bridge to replace the eastern span, and it is scheduled to open around Labor Day 2013.

During the past six weeks, as it’s become clear that the new bridge contains unsafe bolts that could fail in another earthquake, Caltrans has been scrambling to stay on that  schedule.RS4366_091

May 8, 2013 Caltrans: Bay Bridge Repair Could Cost $10 Million; Hopes For Scheduled Labor Day Opening

May 8, 2013 State Senator: Caltrans Took Unnecessary Risks With Bay Bridge

April 29, 2013 New Bay Bridge Span May Contain More Vulnerable Steel Parts

April 24, 2013 Even Bolts That Haven’t Failed Will Be Replaced on Bay Bridge; Expert Slams Caltrans

April 10, 2013 Rainwater Might Have Damaged Flawed Bay Bridge Bolts

April 3, 2013 (Document) More Bay Bridge Parts to be Examined

March 28, 2013 Engineers Zero in on Bay Bridge Broken Bolt Solutions

March 27, 2013 Bolts Snap on Bay Bridge’s New East Span, Repairs Could Cost Up to $5 Million

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