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Short-term 'fix' could allow Bay Bridge to open Labor Day after all

Original post made on Jul 9, 2013

A bridge engineering expert told a Bay Area transportation panel Wednesday that a short-term fix could allow the new eastern span of the Bay
Bridge to open on schedule by Labor Day after all.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 7:23 AM

Comments (12)

Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jul 9, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Ten years late and a six-fold increase in cost? Like the bolts, words fail me.

Mike


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jul 9, 2013 at 5:23 pm

If the bridge is safer, take another year.


Posted by local, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 10, 2013 at 12:10 am

The over budget and over schedule on the bridge will seem like nothing compared to what is going to occur with the high speed rail project.


Posted by Dude, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jul 10, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Liberalism as work. Like previously said, "the bridge will seem like nothing to what is going to occur with the hight speed rail project."


Posted by concerned, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2013 at 8:33 am

If it is short term why not take longer time and develop a long term solution.


Posted by Brown the Clown, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2013 at 9:05 am

local,
You are exactly right with your comment that the Bay Bridge fiasco is nothing compared to what will occur with the high speed rail project. Moonbeam Brown is without a doubt the most incompetent California Governor of the 20th and 21st centuries. He turned Caltrans for the envy of the country to the laughing stock of the country, and they screw up most anything they are involved with. We are already seeing what a clown convention the high speed rail is even in its infancy, and it will be perhaps the biggest fiasco in U. S. history with the real potential of bankrupting California -- all orchestrated by Moonbeam Brown at the behest of the unions.
The second biggest boondoggle public works project in the history of the United States is likely to be Moonbeam Brown's delta tunnel project, which he is doing at the behest of the unions and the SoCal big money interests that want to steal more NorCal water.
This clown (he even views himself as a clown - just check out his portrait in the California Capitol from his first stint as Governor) is going to run for re-election. Let's see if brain-dead California voters are stupid enough to re-elect him.


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jul 11, 2013 at 10:11 am

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

Perhaps we can get all those voting for opening the bridge, who think the new section is safe, to drive over it repeatedly for some period of time, led by the expert.


Posted by common sense, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2013 at 3:25 pm

The question is... Will incentives have to be paid the contractors if the bridge opens in September and no incentives required if the bridge opens in December?


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jul 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

Great question! Here is what I found in the Sacramento Bee: Web Link

"'The contractors will receive an additional $20 million incentive payment if they reach a vaguely explained 'readiness for seismic safety opening' determination,' said Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, in an interview."



Posted by Disaster, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2013 at 8:48 pm

This bridge fiasco is a disaster on all counts. There are disasters waiting on several fronts re construction. I wonder who paid off whom?? Calendar should not be considered on any front. There sure as XXXX should not be ANY party at ANY time. Forget about ANY party. What kind of political whoxxx come up with this crap.


Posted by Arnold, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2013 at 9:12 pm

""'The contractors will receive an additional $20 million incentive payment if they reach a vaguely explained 'readiness for seismic safety opening' determination,' said Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, in an interview.""

How much is this so-called expert receiving for coming to/publishing his conclusion/opinion? Whith the bridge already waaaay overbudget nobody should be giving anybody even more taxpayer dollars. Enough is enough!

As someone else mentioned, this fiasco is only a primer to determine how much pain can be inflicted upon taxpayers before they break. I guess these errors, omissions, and significant cost overruns will soften the public regarding The High Speed Rail, which is now significantly slower and less far-reaching than originally promised/sold to the public. The damage this HSR will inflict on both the current transporation infrastructure, including CAL-trains and airports, is yet to be determined but will certianly be devasting.

On a positive note the HSR will create 1000's of union construction jobs while, unfortunately, eliminating many long term local jobs. Many of those Jobs will eventually re-appear in the form of BART type positions with overcompensated employees, 37 hour work weeks, ridiculous pensions and retirement at age 55, and double-time overtime for employees that work less than 8 hours in a given day or less than 40 hours in a given week. And they will strike if we don't give them what they want regardless of how absurd their demands are.


Posted by Disaster, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 15, 2013 at 10:56 am

Boondoggle, Patronage, Payback, Incompetents and incompetence, Affirmative Action, and a perfect storm of California politics. Taxpayers simply must pay closer attention to contracts and WHO gets them, and IF there are bids, PUBLIC unions, and the idiots who would even consider a party.
TAXPAYERS are sick of paying for crappy products, greedy unions, and dumb noisy public many of whom are NOT TAXPAYERS, another of our problems...largest welfare state transferring earnings of workers to non-workers.
Explains why my 25 yr old grandson just moved to Phoenix....because he would 'never be able to buy a house in CA, and will NOT pay CA huge, punitive TAXES to support 'social' handouts. He worked and starting with JC put himself thru college Bus degree here, without loans, saved, and just bought a cheap house in Phoenix, low interest rate. For middle-class white guys with no 'programs' available, leaving CA is the only solution to create a life.


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