$26 Million for Failed Bridge Resurfacing

The Highway 50 Pioneer Bridge across the Sacramento River was completely resurfaced a few years ago, at a cost of $26 million, but the surface began falling apart within a year. The problems were addressed last year, while the repairs still were under warranty. Yet, the surface is falling apart again, KCRA News reported this week.

Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty said the material used on the bridge is a modified version of a material that has worked well in dozens of other places.

“We’ve had great success with this product in the past,” Mr. Dougherty said. “If this newer version of it is not is so successful, I want to visit that with the product maker.”

“The warranty on the bridge surface has expired and state contracts are written in most cases stating that regardless of how well the product works, after the warranty expires, the state has to pay for any repairs,” KCRA reported. (Source: KCRA News, March 1.)

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