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Report Advises Staying With Bay Bridge Design

September 04, 2004|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A report released Thursday recommends that officials stick with a controversial design proposal for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

The price tag on the bridge's seismic overhaul has risen from $1.3 billion in 1997 to $2.6 billion in 2001 and $5.1 billion last month.

Much of the cost overruns are connected to the design of a 1,600-foot single-tower suspension span.

The audit was prepared for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission by San Francisco-based Bechtel Corp.

The document said redesign of the plan would delay construction and might not offer any savings.

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