TESTS ON BAY BRIDGE BOLTS SO FAR SHOW NO FAILURE: OAKLAND AP) — After dozens of seismic safety bolts on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge broke, tests on remaining bolts have so far shown no sign of failure.
Toll Bridge Program Manager Tony Anziano told The Contra Costa Times that the 17-to-24-foot-long bolts made in 2010 are showing no signs of cracking, but tests are continuing.
Thirty-two of 96 bolts manufactured in 2008 broke earlier this year, putting the $6.4 billion bridge's scheduled Labor Day opening in doubt.
The long bolts, or rods, connect the bridge deck to so-called shear keys — large shock absorbers that control movement during a temblor.
Officials on Wednesday are scheduled to update the public on a plan to fix the broken rods and whether the span will open on time.
POLICE: FAMILY DIES IN CLOVERDALE MOBILE HOME FIRE: CLOVERDALE (AP) — Police say a couple and their 4-year-old son died after their mobile home caught fire in Northern California after neighbors heard a loud boom.
Cloverdale police told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat that 33-year-old Charles Baynes, his 33-year-old wife Paula Baynes and their son Philip died early Monday in the fire.
Cloverdale Fire Battalion Chief Rick Blackmon told the paper that the home did not appear to have working smoke detectors.
Firefighters found the family in a smoke-filled bedroom in what officials believe was an accident.
A fourth resident, Charles Baynes' mother, was out of town when the fire happened.