Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) issued the following statement following a hearing of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee regarding the new span of the Bay Bridge:
“I was astonished to learn of more information calling into question the construction practices used with the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge. As an engineer, my guiding principle is to ensure every project is safe enough for my family to use. I am not confident the new span meets that test. I expect Caltrans to sufficiently dispel any issues that would compromise public safety, and I am willing to do everything in my power to investigate the safety of the bridge before it opens. Everything needs to be laid out on the table and examined.
“As California looks to new multibillion dollar projects, such as high-speed rail and rebuilding our water system, it is important that we learn from this project so we do not make the same mistakes in the future.”
Last week, Senator Cannella issued a statement following a hearing of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee regarding the new span of the Bay Bridge that raised similar concerns regarding the standards and materials used in by Caltrans in its construction.