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Bay Bridge contractor gets almost $49 million in bonuses

Posted on February 20th, 2014 at 16:21 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


Despite questions about who’s to blame for those broken bolts and corrosive water leaks, the prime contractor on the new Bay Bridge eastern span has been rewarded with nearly $49 million in bonuses – including $20 million for finishing the job on time.

The state made that on-time payment to American Bridge/Fluor Enterprises even as officials haggled over who should pay $30 million needed to fix problems caused when 32 bolts snapped last year as workers tightened them down on a seismic-safety structure on the bridge.

“It’s hard for the public to accept or understand,” admitted Randy Rentschler, spokesman for the regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Especially hard since Caltrans is spending another $10 million to test the rest of the bolts and metal rods on the bridge to see if any of them need replacing as well.

  1. Complain to the people who negotiated the damn contract.

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