- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say thousands of rods and bolts on the new Bay Bridge eastern span are secure and should remain in place.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/1sJysAM) a bridge oversight committee will consider a report Friday that could put an end to safety questions after 32 of the fasteners snapped last year.

The rods and bolts anchor its main cable to the road deck, secure it to the top of the tower and hold down structures designed to keep the bridge from excessive swaying during an earthquake.

The new span opened last year. Since then, state officials have spent millions on testing and engineering plans after the failure and concerns about the safety of another 64 fasteners that were made in the same batch.

The report found the rods that failed lacked a basic property that resists cracking.

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