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Bay Bridge Builder to Receive Bonus if Bridge Opens on Time

Lawmakers fear bonus will promote a rush job

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    Bay Bridge Builder to Receive Bonus if Bridge Opens on Time
    Marianne Favro
    Eastern span of the Bay Bridge. May 28, 2013

    The new Bay Bridge's building contractor is set to receive a $20 million bonus as long as the bridge is ready for its Sept. 3 scheduled opening, according to reports.

    The possibility is making state lawmakers uneasy, as trouble with anchor bolts has led citizens and lawmakers to question the bridge's integrity -- and an on-time bonus is making officials worry that the bridge will face a "risky rush to completion," according to the Contra Costa Times.

    Contractor American Bridge/Fluor Enterprise was offered the bonus in 2010 as a way to get the long-overdue bridge's construction "back on track."

    In all, the contractor's deal is worth $1.43 billion.

    In addition to the bolts that broke when tightened, "bad welds and rusted tendons" have also been found on the bridge, according to the report.

    The contractor also risks penalties of $100,000 a day if the bridge is not open past Nov. 30.

    A bridge spokesman said that the bridge will not open until it is ready -- and safe, the newspaper reported.