- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials say about a quarter of the steel rods that anchor the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to its foundation are flooded with saltwater that could corrode them.

State Department of Transportation director Malcolm Dougherty said Thursday that while the foundation could never be fully watertight, the amount of exposure of the rods to saltwater must be addressed or the span’s integrity could be compromised.

The San Francisco Chronicle (https://bit.ly/1ANKfC1 ) reports that the panel overseeing the $6.4 billion project learned in an emergency teleconference that 120 sleeves encasing high-strength rods are continually flooded with salty water.

The Oakland Tribune (https://bayareane.ws/1KdWWrE) reports that the bridge’s chief engineer says 99 percent of the bridge’s seismic rods have passed seismic strength tests, and those that failed are under study.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com

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