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More than 30 massive earthquake safety bolts on San Franciscoís newly redesigned Bay Bridge fail....
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 5:26 PM | David Knowles /

Posted on 03/31/2013 3:07:21 PM PDT by BenLurkin

SAN FRANCISCO --The most expensive public works project in California history just got a little more so.

At least 32 massive seismic stabilizing bolts on San Francisco’s newly redesigned eastern span of the Bay Bridge failed during a stress test earlier this month, imperiling the structure’s Labor Day weekend grand opening.

Of the span’s 96 bolts, which range in length from 9 to 17 feet, 32 snapped when stress meant to simulate the lateral motion of a large earthquake was introduced, the Sacramento Bee reported

(Excerpt) Read more at nydailynews.com ...


TOPICS: US: California
KEYWORDS: baybridge; california; sanfrancisco

1 posted on 03/31/2013 3:07:21 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

It sounds like one of the DemocRATS’ “stimulation” projects might have been over-stimulated.


2 posted on 03/31/2013 3:11:00 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Barry gave the Republicans a free lunch. All the taxpayers got was a lousy tax increase.)
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To: BenLurkin

No excuse for this tyoe of disaster. Somebody should lose their license....more likely a few should lose their license. Not a one man design job.


3 posted on 03/31/2013 3:13:31 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: BenLurkin
How do you "simulate" an earthquake?

Just wondering.

4 posted on 03/31/2013 3:15:43 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: elkfersupper

Throw a pork chop on the bridge and say, “Hey Mooch!!!! Poke chop!”


5 posted on 03/31/2013 3:17:27 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: elkfersupper

I heard Rosie was involved but that could just be a rumor.


6 posted on 03/31/2013 3:19:17 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: elkfersupper

I was wondering the same thing.


7 posted on 03/31/2013 3:20:49 PM PDT by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: BenLurkin

32 snapped when stress meant to simulate the lateral motion of a large earthquake was introduced, the Sacramento Bee reported

Obviously the stress test standards are much too rigid. We need to have the contractors involved investigate themselves and report back to the blue ribbon committee on bridge construction.
Be assured, this won’t ever happen again.


8 posted on 03/31/2013 3:23:55 PM PDT by Joan Kerrey
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To: BenLurkin

Made in China ...


9 posted on 03/31/2013 3:24:02 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: BenLurkin

That means more years and more money into that project. It hasn’t been managed very well but typical for CA. And Jerry Brown wants to go ahead with the train that nobody wants to ride on, mandating that at least 10% of the labor be performed by unemployed homeless people.


10 posted on 03/31/2013 3:26:18 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: VRWC For Truth

There ya go!! Have to wonder what type of tensile or other testing were done on the components. Even local Steelworkers’ unions ought to have a field day with this one.


11 posted on 03/31/2013 3:33:40 PM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: BenLurkin

Guessing the contractors tried to save some money and got some high-quality Asian steel for a lower price.


12 posted on 03/31/2013 3:35:27 PM PDT by lurk
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To: VRWC For Truth

ChiCom steel as far as I know these pathetic SanFran commies wanting to eff American steel. Not to worry they will blow billions on high speed rail to ferry non-existent riders to non-existent jobs. YOUR EBT CARD WILL GET CHOO ON FOR FREE!


13 posted on 03/31/2013 3:39:56 PM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing--- Joe Pine)
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To: Rusty0604
mandating that at least 10% of the labor be performed by unemployed homeless people.

You can't be serious. The reason they are homeless in the first place is because they are useless in the job market.

14 posted on 03/31/2013 3:44:51 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: VRWC For Truth
...and the bridge was assembled (I won't dignify shoddy work by calling it "constructed") by overpaid union thugs.

Oh by the way, billions extra on the Bay Bridge span were spent to add a bike lane to nowhere. From Oakland to Yerba Buena Island.

15 posted on 03/31/2013 3:51:06 PM PDT by stillonaroll
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To: Sacajaweau

I think the problem was with the bolts, not the design. Whoever supplied the bolts(more like massive cylinders of steel) should be held accountable.


16 posted on 03/31/2013 3:53:33 PM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: BenLurkin

They’re going to spend money training them.


17 posted on 03/31/2013 3:57:48 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: dennisw
ChiCom steel as far as I know these pathetic SanFran commies wanting to eff American steel.

Nope, these bolts are all American-made. Still Communist (aka: union) work, though.

18 posted on 03/31/2013 3:58:43 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: BenLurkin

They refused to use Rearden steel.


19 posted on 03/31/2013 4:03:29 PM PDT by whodathunkit
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To: BenLurkin

California’s $68B rail project will hire the ‘disadvantaged’ Like Felons and Dropouts

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/03/27/california-controversial-6b-rail-project-must-employ-disadvantaged-workers/#ixzz2PA4PylqX


20 posted on 03/31/2013 4:04:12 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: BenLurkin
Had a mechanical dog like that once, every time I kicked him in the nuts, he made a bolt for the door....
21 posted on 03/31/2013 4:11:22 PM PDT by Gertie
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To: Rusty0604

22 posted on 03/31/2013 4:14:09 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin
and what RAT contributor got the contract to make the bolts???
23 posted on 03/31/2013 4:59:26 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: VRWC For Truth
Made in China ...

Read the article. The bolts were made in the U.S..

24 posted on 03/31/2013 5:09:20 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The economy is not a pie, but a bakery.)
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To: dennisw; Mr. Jeeves

Per the WSJ these were fabricated in Painesville, Ohio (near my old stomping ground of Cleveland) and the problem was hydrogen embrittlement due to faulty galvanizing.


25 posted on 03/31/2013 5:11:54 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: VRWC For Truth

Ping to post 25


26 posted on 03/31/2013 5:13:16 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: nascarnation

thanks! and acknowledgement


27 posted on 03/31/2013 5:14:33 PM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing--- Joe Pine)
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To: nascarnation

For those who slept thru metallurgy class....

http://corrosion-doctors.org/Forms-HIC/embrittlement.htm


28 posted on 03/31/2013 5:16:57 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Joan Kerrey

I’ll have to verify, but from what I’d originally heard, they snapped merely from the load of being torqued to spec and setting for a while.


29 posted on 03/31/2013 5:30:04 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: nascarnation

This is something you want to find out BEFORE you pour a few hundred yards of concrete around it...

That these wouldn’t have been tested before use, like a 10% sampling, is beyond belief...


30 posted on 03/31/2013 5:34:59 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: dennisw
First thing I thought of was Chinese steel (and some Chinese labor, IIRC), but, Unlike the Chinese-built deck sections, the bolts - some as long 17 as feet - were produced in the United States.

source

31 posted on 03/31/2013 5:45:43 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: BenLurkin

massive fail


32 posted on 03/31/2013 8:13:39 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: lurk

Oh that was in the design from day one.

“American steelworker unions have disparaged the Bay Bridge contract by accusing the state of California of sending good jobs overseas and settling for what they deride as poor-quality Chinese steel. Industry groups in the United States and other countries have raised questions about the safety and quality of Chinese workmanship on such projects.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/business/global/26bridge.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0


33 posted on 03/31/2013 9:05:05 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: BenLurkin

And just how do you remove a 17 foot bolt out of it’s hole to replace it?? Go up - maybe 3 foot; go down maybe four foot.

So let’s just start over! Another “shovel ready” project for stimulus #6!


34 posted on 03/31/2013 10:07:18 PM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: nascarnation

More here too.

http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/development/2013/03/bay-bridge-bolt-problem-arose-quality-control-lapses-officials-say


35 posted on 03/31/2013 10:12:56 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: BenLurkin

Let’s hope on inauguration day for this bridge Pelosi is crossing it and a massive 9.0 quake hits SF...and let’s hope she is accompaning the Bummer, there to let his teleprompter make a speech.


36 posted on 03/31/2013 10:16:35 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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To: Axenolith
That these wouldn’t have been tested before use, like a 10% sampling, is beyond belief...

More jobs will be "created" this way.

37 posted on 03/31/2013 10:23:16 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: BenLurkin

Probably that much vaunted Chinese steel.
My brother worked on a big ship project in which the very huge bolts were made from Chinese steel. The big one fused onto the project when they tried to apply it and it had to be totally scrapped and they had to start over from scratch. Private sector though, so they managed to keep on delivery schedule despite the Chinese interference.


38 posted on 03/31/2013 11:34:47 PM PDT by tinamina
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