The article “Report: Caltrans overrode worries about Bay Bridge” that appeared in the June 9 edition of the Daily Journal prompted me to express my dismay with the manner in which Caltrans has addressed the many problems with the new bridge span. Cost overruns, rusting bolts, shoddy welding, misaligned road plates and now it is revealed that the Chinese company that built the tower and road had no bridge building experience. In addition, the article revealed that a Caltrans chief executive spent $300,000 going to Shanghai and stayed in a $470 per night hotel. All of the problems encountered with the building of this bridge has resulted in there being no consequences for those responsible for what I consider a project that was a total fiasco from the beginning. As an elected official, I cannot imagine myself or my colleagues in neighboring cities being allowed to govern in such a manner without being held accountable for our actions.
South San Francisco
The letter writer is the vice mayor of South San Francisco.