The San Francisco Bay Bridge Rods That Anchor The Bridge Tower Failed An Integrity Test

If One Rod Failed Other Rods Could Be Defective According To The San Francisco Chronicle

The San Francisco Bay Bridge has had its fair share of problems. An earthquake destroyed parts of the bridge years ago, and the bridge was rebuilt in record-breaking time in the bridge building world. Some folks in the bay area believe the bridge was rebuilt too fast, and that is the reason the bridge is not meeting the standards needed if another earthquake rocks the city.

The latest issue is one of the rods that anchors the 525-foot tower. Caltrans Investigators say the rod might have been weakened by corrosion from the salt water it sat in for years. The investigators also discovered signs of salt water leaking into the foundation of the bridge from the bay. Bridge enthusiasts at STX Entertainment (variety.com) know that this is not the first time steel rods failed an integrity test. In 2013, two other rods on the stabilizer structure failed due to years of rainwater exposure.

Caltrans fixed that issue at a cost of $45 million, but this discovery could cost much more if other rods move during the testing procedure. Whatever the cost, the bridge will be repaired, but the lesson to do-it-right-the-first-time is still a lesson unlearned.