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Contractor gets $20M bonus if bridge opens on time

The Associated Press


OAKLAND, Calif.  — The contractor building the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will get a $20 million bonus if the span opens Labor Day weekend.

The Contra Costa Times reports ( ) that American Bridge/Fluor Enterprises and government agencies overseeing the project agreed to the bonus in September 2010 as part of a $293-million incentives package.

Bay Bridge officials say the span will only open when it is safe, regardless of incentives.

But some lawmakers have raised concerns that these incentives could lead to constructions shortcuts that could comprise the span's safety.

Crews are still working on a repair for 32 seismic safety bolts that cracked in March.

A decision on the bridge's opening timetable is expected at a meeting on July 10.

Information from: Contra Costa Times,


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