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California DOT officials to be questioned at hearing over Oakland Bridge

Citing myriad problems that have dogged the span's construction, lawmakers on Tuesday will ask California Department of Transportation and other officials whether the agency is capable of managing such large, complex projects. (The Trucker file photo)

The Trucker News Services

5/14/2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Officials overseeing construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are scheduled to be questioned at a hearing in Sacramento to address construction problems and the overall structural integrity of the $6.3-billion project.

Citing myriad problems that have dogged the span's construction, lawmakers on Tuesday will ask California Department of Transportation and other officials whether the agency is capable of managing such large, complex projects.

Its Labor Day opening is in jeopardy after the failure of 32 seismic safety rods that attach the bridge deck to earthquake shock absorbers called "shear keys."

The bridge will replace the existing span, which was damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

After years of delay and cost overruns, the bridge has become the largest public works project in state history, the committee said.

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