Norimitsu Onishi on not one, but two insane bits of news surrounding the opening of the new span of the Bay Bridge:
The decision came so close to the opening date that officials decided not to proceed with an extravagant celebration planned to mark the completion of the bridge, which at $6.4 billion is the most expensive single piece of infrastructure in California’s history.
The defective bolts are being replaced with steel cable saddles. Last month, transportation officials said they would postpone the opening of the bridge until all the saddles were installed, pushing the opening date into December at the earliest. But some experts, including the bridge project’s chief engineer, favored the Labor Day opening because they argued that the new bridge, though incomplete, was already safer than the existing one.
Even more insane. What we have now is a true “hold on to your butts" situation.