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Two Caltrans workers fired from inspection unit had stolen gov construction materials, fed probe finds

Just two weeks after disclosures that a Caltrans technician had falsified inspection data on agency construction projects, a federal report says that the worker and his boss stole goverment construction materials for a project at the supervisor’s personal property. The new report, disclosed by the Sacramento Bee, is fueling an East Bay lawmaker’s suspicions that there is a problem in the culture of a Caltrans section that does tests to assure the structural integrity of foundations of new bridges, walls and other projects. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Sunday, November 27th, 2011
Under: Bay Area Toll Authority, Bay Bridge, Bridges, Caltrans, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Safety, seismic safety | No Comments »

Was Caltrans culture prepared to deal with technician who falsfied inspection data?

A state Senate transportation committee on Tuesday offered an unusual forum to question whether Caltrans did enough quickly enough when it discovered one of its technicians had falsified inspection data on construction projects. State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, asked whether the Caltrans culture built around hard data and orderly procedures was prepared to deal with a case when a renegade worker acted outside the norm. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011
Under: Bay Bridge, Caltrans | No Comments »

Bay Bridge to turn 75 on Saturday

The workhorse of Bay Area bridges  – the Bay Bridge – turns 75 years old on Saturday without any big fuss.  A modest invitation-only celebration will be held Thursday morning on Treasure Island, but it is not open to the general public. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, November 9th, 2011
Under: Bay Area Toll Authority, Bay Bridge, Caltrans | No Comments »

Caltrans to install last deck section Friday for suspension span of new Bay Bridge

Caltrans contractors on Friday will install the 28th and last segment of the suspension span deck on the new Bay Bridge eastern span, reaching another milestone in the $6.3 billion project. Lifting into place the last deck segment enables contractors to push ahead with preparations to begin stringing cable for the self anchored suspension span later this year. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, October 28th, 2011
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Highway 12 daytime closures set:Tues through Thursday

Highway 12 between Highway 160 near Rio Vista and Interstate 5 in San Joaquin County will be closed from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday during Caltrans maintenance work.  No through traffic will be allowed during those hours on this commute route. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, June 6th, 2011
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How to make the S-curve safe on the Bay Bridge

The Bay Bridge has had nearly an accident a day on the new S-curve that opened after Labor Day modifications of the span. There was another crash there Friday even though Caltrans added new safety measures on the curve during the recent six-day closure of the bridge.

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Posted on Saturday, November 7th, 2009
Under: Bay Bridge, Caltrans, driving, Retrofitting, Safety | 2 Comments »

I-680 freeway fix in San Ramon Valley: little now, more later

Caltrans will close two of the four lanes on southbound Interstate 680 in Alamo for three or four hours today – starting at 10 a.m – to repair a hole in the pavement. A major rehabilitation of the entire freeway in the San Ramon Valley is being planned for summer of 2010.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
Under: Buses, Caltrans, driving, Freeways, Safety | No Comments »

How did the Bay Bridge closure affect you?

We invite our readers to post comments below about how the Bay Bridge closure affected them during the five and a half days the span was out of service. 

Did the closure change your travel plans? Did the closure try your patience? Was it understandable Caltrans took so long to fix a Labor Day repair that failed Tuesday? Do you feel comfortable traveling on the bridge after the repairs are finished?

Let us know below, and if you leave your name and city of residence, we may use excerpts of comments in a news story.



Posted on Monday, November 2nd, 2009
Under: Bay Bridge, Bridges, Caltrans, rail, Safety | No Comments »

Fixing the fix; when will the Bay Bridge reopen?

It was a deja vu experience for news reporters and motorists last night as the Bay Bridge was closed indefinitely to shore up a cracked bridge piece called an eyebar. It turns out that parts of the the Labor Day weekend fix – a giant metal splint – failed and crashed onto the bridge.

Caltrans said this morning it doesn’t know when the fix can be fixed, but officials expect it to be “days at the worst.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
Under: Bay Bridge, Bridges, Caltrans, Safety | No Comments »

A chance to chime in before bridge tolls are raised

Bay Area bridge operators have scheduled three public hearings on a proposed toll increase on seven state bridges. While bridge operators appear determined to raise tolls, they have many details to figure out.

Members of the Bay Area Toll Authority are wrestling with how to revamp tolls to do two new things: collecting tolls from car pools during rush hour periods on all seven bridges, and structuring Bay Bridge tolls so drivers pay more during peak periods, and less during in off-peak times.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
Under: Bay Bridge, Bridges, Caltrans, driving, Retrofitting, tolls | No Comments »