OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A permanent fix is now in place for the giant steel bolts that snapped on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
Contractors completed the $25 million repair work on Wednesday. The snapped bolts were discovered in March and threatened to delay the $6.4 billion span's opening.
Officials eventually found a temporary solution that allowed the new span to open on time while the permanent fix moved forward.
The permanent fix involved installing a steel saddle to replace the clinching function of the failed bolts. Those bolts secured earthquake shock absorbers to the deck of the bridge.
State transportation department field engineer Pamela Gagnier tells the Contra Costa Times (http://bit.ly/1beTcAK) the new span's structural protections against collapse or major damage during the next big earthquake are now fully operational.
Information from: Contra Costa Times, http://www.contracostatimes.com
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