Bay Bridge Strength To Be Retested

Independent experts will review, following questioned tests.

By Chris Roberts
|  Thursday, Aug 16, 2012  |  Updated 1:27 PM PDT
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If the tests were false, the bridge may be weak.

Questions over the validity of strength tests on the new Bay Bridge have led state lawmakers to push for further review, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

Technician Duane Wiles, who in the past has falsified structural integrity tests, worked on the $6.5 billion bridge, according to reports. This led some to question the strength of the bridge, though CalTrans says all is clear.

Nonetheless, since the bridge is only "probably safe," in the words of state Sen. Joe Simitian, "probably really isn't good enough," and the bridge will be retested.

A panel of independent experts, who have yet to be selected, will review the bridge and release findings by 2013, the newspaper reported. That's when the bridge is scheduled to open.
 

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