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Caltrans can’t find proof rods were inspected

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Caltrans has no evidence it verified the quality of the hundreds of irreplaceable rods needed to anchor the tower of the new Bay Bridge eastern span or made sure the manufacturer hadn’t left them vulnerable to cracking, officials acknowledge.

Among thousands of documents about the safety of high-strength fasteners on the bridge, the agency cannot find any indication it inspected the manufacturer’s plant – as required under Caltrans rules – or performed mandatory quality-assurance tests to prove that the rods met its standards before accepting them in 2007.

Source: www.sfgate.com

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