Second Steel Rod on San Francisco Bay Bridge Fails Seismic Pull Test

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A second high-strength steel anchoring rod for the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has failed the important seismic “pull” test, according to the California transit officials. The officials were going to meet on Thursday to discuss the issue.

The transportation agency made the revelation after the officials had said earlier this month that another steel rod had broken. The rod was one of hundreds holding the bridge’s tower. The Caltrans officials said that the bridge should perform as designed in an earthquake.

Leah Robinson-Leach, spokeswoman for Caltrans, the state department of transportation, said that in the Thursday’s meeting a Bay Bridge oversight panel was likely to propose a formal permission to pull those two 25-foot-long rods for visual inspection and to transfer them to a lab for analysis. She further said, “The panel reserves the right to determine what will be done, how quickly and the cost allowed. The time, quality and ability to get the work done is a function of cost allowed.”

The eastern part of the bridge is said to be a self-anchoring bridge, with a single white tower, which is quite notable. The National Basketball Association’s Golden State Warriors have chosen the section of the bridge as their logo.

The span which opened in 2013, had cost around $6.4 billion. It had replaced a multi tower cantilever bridge which was built in 1936. The multi tower bridge has partially collapsed during the Loma Priet… MORE

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