L.A. Times: Bay Bridge Safety Critics Were Told to Keep Quiet, Report Finds

January 24, 2014 13:29 pm · 19 comments

A report aimed at determining how delays, cost overruns and engineering problems that plagued the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge might be avoided in the future describes “an institutionalized, if not malicious, lack of transparency” that kept important criticisms from the public.

Titled “The San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge: Basic Reforms for the Future,” the report was commissioned by state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) in advance of a Friday hearing by the state Senate Transportation & Housing Committee, which he chairs.

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1 funny man January 24, 2014 at 1:34 PM

he is such a brown noser…. he has a bright future in DC…

2 Sacto Rob January 24, 2014 at 1:38 PM

I have read the entire report. Its details are shocking. Their clearly was a conspiracy within CalTrans to do whatever it took to keep the bridge project humping along. This despite CAlTrans own people uncovering shoddy work, primarily in the bridge deck components, the bolts, and in the foundation of the main tower. When those people wouldn’t keep quiet they were reassigned to different jobs. Proper records weren’t kept. Some reports were muzzled. Public safety be damned.
We’ve got two big state projects on the horizon; the Delta Tunnels and High Speed Rail. Does anyone have any confidence anything will change?

3 VikingPrincess January 24, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Good article!

What a culture clash…Navy, SFO and Oakland. From my experience the Navy can flex their muscle in negotiations and do great job getting organizations to sign off responsibility for things oops’ed by military.
Moffett Field, Hunters Point to name a few. Not saying they are the problem since its not clear who zoomed who but the theme I have seen exclusively in Navy contract negotiations with Private Sector.

Hope some guy doesn’t lose his PE …this sucks.

4 Denise January 24, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Is anybody really surprised? Very unfortunate.

5 RANDOM TASK January 24, 2014 at 3:16 PM

business as usual for the dems …..push for cal trans since they run em and start the cash wagon it was planned from the beginning to fleece us. the shoddy work was because they wanted to skip as many corners as possible so they could keep more money, as well as this job should have went to a bridge contractor so it would have been done right. If you don’t think the dems have a strangle hold on this state and are not stealing billions from the tax payers right infront of em than you are the problem as well ……..enjoy the fruits of your crime ….smile your on camera

6 ? January 24, 2014 at 3:26 PM

So DeSaulnier, when is the Federal Grand Jury going to start hearing testimony?

7 anon January 24, 2014 at 3:52 PM

..and Mark is just the man to set up a well paid oversight committee of his friends to ensure transparency in the future!

8 anon January 24, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Lost all trust and respect for CalTrans and definitly don’t believe anyting the say.

9 Realist January 24, 2014 at 4:20 PM

And the greed train rolls on, with our ambitious DeSaulnier as the trains engineer.

How many big bonus checks were saved VS how many lives that potentaly could be lost in a catastrophic faliure of these shoddy Chinese bolts?

In any project where the public saftey is involved in any way, Low Bid should NEVER be a consideration. Outsourcing in public projects should be illegal. Contractors contract out as well, as we’ve seen here, with less and less accountability down the road to “savings”.

Spend some money, employ some Americans; do it right the first time.

10 NRA #1 fan and member January 24, 2014 at 4:27 PM

I vote to tear down the bridge, it’s NOT safe at all to use.

Commuters won’t mind using the Richmond or San Mateo bridge for the next 20 years.

11 anon January 24, 2014 at 4:37 PM

They’ve been lying to you for ages. I was involved with some of the people at Caltrans and some of the contractors and what I heard about the old Bay Bridge would have created an uproar if it had ever been reported. There wasn’t much they could do about it at the time, so they kept much of the information quiet – but they could have sped up the new bridge process.

12 N C biker January 24, 2014 at 5:19 PM

This goes beyond Dem.vs Rep. This is greed pure
and simple . Poorly trained , cheap labor, and out-
sourced materials. We complain about cost while
we send jobs overseas and have our goods produced
by slave labor while the owners of these companies
get rich and sock away billions.
We got what we they gave us , a wall mart quality
Bridge!

13 TinFoiler January 24, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Made in China! Isn’t that the China way? Did everyone forget when they had an earthquake – it was a School that was destroyed along with all of the students. No standards or Safety.

14 ClayDen January 24, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Weren’t the bolts from Ohio? With specs, process requirements and oversight from CalTrans.

15 Dorothy January 24, 2014 at 6:18 PM

All of which is why I will not use the Bay Bridge unless I cannot avoid it. I will take the time to go the long way around.

Oh yeah, remember not to vote for any incumbent.

16 Me January 25, 2014 at 3:37 AM

Anyone that has ever been on the inside of anything knows the PR line, and complete BS feed to the public.

17 BjR January 25, 2014 at 3:08 PM

I agree with what Realist #9 stated, So true!

18 fulubulu January 25, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Federal Grand Jury

19 . January 25, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Anyone who failed to step forward ought to be fired ….period. Cal trains, the Mac, politicians, etc…..all suffer from a massive deficit of ethics.

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