The San Francisco Chronicle’s Jaxon Van Derbeken reported over the weekend that the iconic tower of the Bay Bridge’s new eastern span is secured by 424 galvanized steel rods that may be at risk of cracking.

Unlike the almost 1,900 other problematic steel rods embedded in the span, Caltrans cannot easily inspect or replace those at the base of the tower because they are buried within concrete atop pilings that reach deep into bedrock.

This report is only the latest in a string of revelations that have raised concerns over the past two months as to whether the new span will be ready to open on schedule on Labor Day weekend and, more fundamentally, whether it will be safe to drive on once it does open.

Recent related posts:

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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