New Bay Bridge eastern span springs leaks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The roadbed of the new San Francisco Bay Area bridge has sprung hundreds of leaks after the area's first big storm of the rainy season.

California Department of Transportation's chief deputy director Richard Land said Monday that if the problem is not fixed, the water could cause serious corrosion damage to the $6.4 billion Bay Bridge eastern span.

Land added that CalTrans officials see the leaks as a manageable issue but that they have yet to figure out why the steel structure is leaking.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that ( ) that officials said the infiltrating water may be coming through holes drilled into the hollow guardrail system to install the electrical conduits for lights on the suspension span's cables.

Water may also be coming in where square service panels are bolted on the hollow guardrails, the Chronicle said.


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