Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today issued the following statement following a hearing of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee regarding the new span of the Bay Bridge:
“As a civil engineer, I left today’s hearings with concerns over the construction of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge. Caltrans has done terrific work in the past, but I fear that this project may have been too large for the state to handle on its own. Many projects run over budget, but to go from $1 billion to over $6 billion is unacceptable.
“In addition, when it comes to the bolts that we have seen fail, Caltrans deliberately chose to ignore industry and their own standards for the types of bolt material to be used in a marine environment. This simply cannot be shrugged off as merely a ‘bad batch’ of bolts.”
“Someone must be held accountable. I am committed to ensuring that trust in this project is restored before it opens to the public.”