Posted: Jun 11, 2012 2:45 PM by Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Department of Transportation is asking the Sacramento Bee to retract a story that raised concerns about the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge's structural integrity.
Caltrans on Monday called the May 27 story "false" and announced it would host a public webinar to go over the engineering and safety features of the new bridge.
The Bee defended the story as accurate and fair.
Citing Caltrans records, the Bee reported that a 19-foot section of concrete in the foundation of the span's signature tower had not hardened before tests were conducted.
Caltrans officials now say the agency did substantial examination of the foundation in question, including tests showing the concrete had set.
The paper said Caltrans rejected an on-the-record meeting with the Bee to address Caltrans' objections.
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