- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The $6.4 billion Bay Bridge is seeing an increase in costs due to further testing that must be done to ensure safety.

The Oakland Tribune reports (https://bayareane.ws/1FkI4rl) that officials this week have approved $4 million for the Bay Bridge to further test the huge bolts fastening the span to its base and determine the effectiveness of grout meant to prevent water from leaking into them.

Metropolitan Transportation Commission Executive Director Steve Heminger says that Caltrans must figure out why water is pooling at the bottom of some of the bolts. But, he also says Caltrans needs to control rising costs.

An oversight group is also trying to work around a potential $300 million cost for removing underwater piers that supported the old bridge.

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Information from: The Oakland Tribune, https://www.oaklandtribune.com

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