posted on Jun, 2 2012 @ 03:38 AM
A bit background info about the new San Francisco Bay Bridge.
It’s being built in China. It’s taken twice as long as expected. And it will cost double what you’ve been told.// When completed, the new east
span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will be not only the most complex engineering feat in California history, but also the most expensive,
with a cost never subjected to public scrutiny. Although today’s price tag stands at $6.3 billion, the figure accounts for only salaries and hard
materials—things like concrete and steel and cranes. When all is said and done, the new Bay Bridge will wind up costing tax- and toll-payers more
than $12 billion—a figure that leaves even the officials in charge “staggered.”
A Caltrans inspector fired for falsifying test results on other projects did not do so on the foundations for the new Bay Bridge tower, an independent
panel of engineers has concluded, saying that the new east span will be "safe and reliable."
Humm sounds like the best way to shut up and get rid of a whistle blower aye?
The committee ordered an investigation in November after media reports that inspector Duane Wiles, who was fired the same month for falsifying test
results on three other Caltrans project in 2008 and 2009, had been part of the inspection team when the foundations for the east span's 525-foot
tower were tested in 2006.
Hummm strange what would he have gained from falsifying test results??
Why didn't he get fired then?
Highly suspicious to me.
This wasn't the first of the problems the bridge has faced.
source (months later)
Questions over welds delay Bay Bridge project
Construction of the tower portion of the Bay Bridge's new eastern span is running months behind schedule, amid questions over whether key portions
being made at a Chinese steel plant are defective.
Inspectors hired by Caltrans to monitor the fabrication of steel girders that will support the tower's roadway reported finding cracked welds last
year, Caltrans records show.
Caltrans and others in charge of the bridge construction say the welds are safe and that fixes have been made - but also say the inspectors
interpreted the welding standards too rigidly.
Bay Bridge welding woes lead to China trip
Inspectors hired by Caltrans reported finding a number of cracked welds in the girders that will support the roadway, which we reported in January.
Officials say those problems were fixed, but then more cracks were found in welds linking the deck plates to the girders.
Bridge Comes to San Francisco With a Made-in-China Label
“They’ve produced a pretty impressive bridge for us,” Tony Anziano, a program manager at the California Department of Transportation, said a few
weeks ago. He was touring the 1.2-square-mile manufacturing site that the Chinese company created to do the bridge work. “Four years ago, there were
just steel plates here and lots of orange groves.”
I honestly do not trust Chinese products at all.