So now the new eastern section of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge may not open on time because it is not safe. Even Gov. Jerry Brown finally admits there is a safety problem; guess he does not want the bridge falling into the bay on his watch. The Federal Highway Administration has opened a probe into cracked bolts, and now it turns out thousands of steel rods were left uncovered during construction and may be corroded.
The Bay Bridge fiasco – 24 years since the need to replace the span became apparent in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, and at $6.4 billion in costs, some $5 billion over budget – seems a perfect example of the inability of California to do anything right.