Latest SF Bridge Snafu Sparks Fear, Anger

Commuter inconvenience only most immediate after cable snaps
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2009 8:39 PM CDT
Crews repair parts of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge today. The bridge has been closed indefinitely.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Today’s revelation that high winds caused a recent repair to come undone and shut down the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for 24 hours—and counting—has area commuters worried not only for their safety but also about how well state officials are spending tax dollars in the ongoing construction of a second span. That project, begun after the 1989 earthquake, was supposed to be done by 2004 for $1.3 billion; that ETA is now 2013, for $7.2 billion.

“I thought I was going into the Bay,” a woman whose car spun out after she swerved to avoid tumbling debris from a repair job that shut the bridge down over Labor Day weekend tells the AP. “I have lost so much confidence in the experts, the millions of dollars that are being spent to reconstruct and build a new bridge.”