Bay Bridge Builder to Receive Bonus if Bridge Opens on Time

Lawmakers fear bonus will promote a rush job

By Chris Roberts
|  Friday, Jun 14, 2013  |  Updated 5:20 PM PDT
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Eastern span of the Bay Bridge. May 28, 2013

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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.

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