Decision on Bay Bridge opening date due Monday

Published: Saturday, Jul. 6, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 4A
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 8, 2013 - 7:44 am

Transportation officials will announce on Monday their decision about whether to delay the planned opening of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge.

The conclusion will be made public following a private 10 a.m. briefing at the state Capitol to Bay Area legislators by the heads of the state Department of Transportation, California Transportation Commission and Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

"A key part of the discussion will be whether or not the new span will open on Labor Day weekend," said the co-chairs of the Bay Area Caucus, Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, and Assemblyman Richard Gordon, D-Menlo Park, in an invitation to colleagues.

Numerous construction and testing problems – including broken and suspect bolts, faulty welds, potentially weak concrete foundations, and corroded tendons – have beset the troubled project. The Monday briefing and conclusion will address the bolt problems, Bay Bridge spokesman Andrew Gordon said in an email. An investigative report about suspect bolts and a statement about the construction schedule will be posted to the Caltrans website following the briefing.

• To see the entire Bee investigation into the Bay Bridge, go to sacbee.com/baybridge

Call The Bee's Charles Piller, (916) 321-1113. Follow him on Twitter @cpiller.

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