Bay Bridge will last a while
November 22, 2011
Is the Bay Bridge safe to traverse?
Officials have been concerned that the structural integrity of the West’s most vulnerable landmark, the Bay Bridge, might be compromised after discovery of blatant falsification of testing data by individuals in the state’s transportation agency, Caltrans. [SacramentoBee]
Records grudgingly released today by the agency examined the fraudulent work and other issues surrounding its Foundation Testing Branch, which examines the underground supports of bridges and other freeway structures.
A report last week by the Sacramento Bee examined the actions of Duane Wiles, who was responsible for inspecting the foundation of many structures and who falsified documents regarding his findings. Wiles and his supervisor were fired after the newspaper’s report,
Documents released today at the insistence of state lawmakers appear to show that previous examinations and testing of load-bearing structures under the Bay Bridge were more extensive than previously disclosed by the agency. Those tests do show the bridge supports to be in good condition.
Officials of the agency initially declined to disclose any information regarding the testing procedures, which raised public questions regarding the safety of the famous span.
CORRECTION: The bridge was incorrectly identified as the Golden Gate Bridge.