Let engineers pay for new Bay Bridge fixes

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 - 11:10 am

Re "Engineers' dissent blasts Bay Bridge safety report" (Page A1, Dec. 8): This eastern span of the bridge was built to replace the weaker old bridge that's been a concern since the earthquake of 1989. Taxpayers paid $6.4 billion, including a $20 million bonus, to the engineers for finishing the bridge project early. After 15 years, the bridge is finally open, but it still has many safety problems. Caltrans will spend another few million to fix the current problems left by the engineers, who took the bonuses for finishing early. After the costly safety checks, engineering issues shouldn't be present. Bonuses should not be given if the product was not delivered as advertised. We already paid for a safer bridge. The engineers should be picking up this tab, not us.

-- Alvin Wong, San Francisco

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