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Report: Company provided bad bolts on Carquinez Bridge

Carquinez Bridge

Published: Monday, January 27, 2014 at 11:35 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 27, 2014 at 11:35 a.m.

VALLEJO — A report says the company hired to build the tower and decks of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge supplied hundreds of thousands of bolts of the wrong size for another Bay Area bridge project.

The finding is contained in a California Senate report released on Wednesday about the construction of the Bay Bridge's new eastern span.

It says the 250,000 incorrectly-sized bolts were made by Chinese company, Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd, for a retrofit of the Carquinez Bridge, which spans the Carquinez Strait to Vallejo. Though they were rejected and remade, the report characterizes the problem as a "near disaster."

State transportation officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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