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Caltrans: Bay Bridge tower rods exposed to water

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POSTED October 1, 2014 8:33 p.m.

OAKLAND (AP) — State officials say hundreds of steel rods on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge have been exposed to water that could cause corrosion.

California Department of Transportation officials discussed the issue at a bridge project oversight committee in Oakland on Tuesday.

Caltrans officials say crews found water in nearly all of the 423 steel rods that connect the bridge’s tower to the base. Most rods were sitting in one or two inches of water, but several rods were submerged in several feet of water.

The agency is testing the water to determine its source and check for zinc, which could indicate corrosion.

Caltrans officials say they’re going to fix the problem and don’t believe it will cause serious issues.

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