Gripping the steering wheel a little tighter when you cross the gleaming new Bay Bridge span these days?
Following a report saying critics of bridge construction lapses were silenced or exiled, Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, has hinted at the possibility of criminal charges. DeSaulnier will be airing some of the reasons for that explosive suggestion during a hearing of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee this afternoon.
Witnesses will include state officials like Brian P. Kelly of the California State Transportation Agency, California Department of Transportation director Malcolm Dougherty and chief bridge engineer Brian Maroney; executives from various construction and firms who were involved in building the new Bay Bridge span; and a group of engineering and seismic safety experts, some of them paid Caltrans consultants. The fireworks begin at 1:30 p.m. in room 4203 of the State Capitol.