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Report: California's bridges, overcrossings safe

7:22 PM, Feb 7, 2013   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) - The state transportation department says it has determined that the foundations underpinning thousands of bridges, overcrossings and other structures are safe.

The department undertook an extensive review of its testing data after a series of stories in The Sacramento Bee raised questions about testing on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge and other projects.

In its review of its testing system, released late Thursday, CalTrans said irregularities were "exceedingly rare." It concluded that the state's "transportation infrastructure rests on dependable foundations."

The agency forwarded its findings to Democratic Sen. Mark DeSaulnier of Concord, who convened a committee hearing on the matter last year.

DeSaulnier said he has not had a chance to review the report. The state senator said he's awaiting an independent review his committee had requested.

The Associated Press

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