Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today issued the following statement following a report that the new opening date of the Bay Bridge will qualify the builders for bonuses:
“Last month, I was pleased to hear that the Bay Bridge opening had been delayed in order to ensure that the safety issues could be addressed on an appropriate timeline. I was surprised that just 2 days following the announcement that the bridge opening would be delayed that there was a last minute proposal to use shims as a temporary fix. The news that the 11th hour decision to open the Bay Bridge will result in a $20 million bonus warrants an investigation.
Last week’s announcement that this temporary fix has been adopted and the bridge will open on September 3rd already raised questions. I find it egregious that the lead builder is going to be in line to receive $20 million in bonuses when the increased costs stemming from construction errors could well exceed that amount.
“I am working with my colleagues in the legislature to ensure that this decision to use a last-minute temporary fix is completely investigated. We have already been working to address issues relating to other safety issues, massive cost overruns and previous delays in construction. As an engineer, I continue to be baffled by the decisions made in the building of this bridge.”