Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) issued the following statement regarding the Bay Bridge opening.
“As we celebrate Labor Day weekend, it is appropriate we recognize the contributions of the many rank and file workers whose tireless efforts allowed this bridge to open. We also must thank the commuters for their patience as this project was delayed. They have waited nearly 24 years since the Loma Prieta Earth Quake for a new bridge. The commuters are the ones who paid for this bridge, and they deserve a new span that is not only beautiful, but seismically safe.”
“While I’m happy and relieved for this day to finally be upon us, we owe it to the commuters to hold a thorough investigation of the issues that plagued the construction of the new eastern span. In the coming months, The Senate Transportation and Housing Committee will conduct a thoughtful examination of this project, so that we can bring meaningful reform to Caltrans and avoid similar issues on future mega projects.”
In terms of the Bay Bridge opening celebration, its nice to know that when you screw up that badly and that over budget, you still can throw a party. Originally, they were going to throw a party that included the public, instead, its those in charge of the oversight who were supposed to keep it on time and under budget which did not happen. Its our understanding the Senator skipped the celebration which was the right thing to do. If I was in Senator DeSaulnier shoes, I would also avoid the celebration out of respect to the public.