Where was Bay Bridge urgency for 24 years?

Published: Sunday, Jun. 22, 2014 - 10:06 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Jun. 23, 2014 - 10:56 am

Re "Do hidden cracks imperil bridge? (Page A1, June 22): Steve Heminger, head of the Bay Bridge's oversight panel, excused the bridge's weld cracks based on "the urgency to replace the unsafe span before a major earthquake."

Really? What about the 7.5 years it took for CalTrans to decide what to do, the years of delay and cost increases as Willie Brown threw a hissy fit over the route, the design delays caused by East Bay mayors, including Jerry Brown, or the 15-month delay resulting from bad welds by a Chinese company that had never built a bridge but was awarded the contract because CalTrans did not think the U.S. could build it.

We've had 13 years of delay and 11 years of sometimes sloppy construction and more delays. Urgency? Yeah, I guess there is now.

-- Harvey Swenson, Sacramento

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