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A state senator is calling for a criminal investigation into construction problems with the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

According to the Sacramento Bee, this week a Senate investigative report is expected to be released showing how Caltrans knowingly accepted shoddy work on the $6.5 billion eastern span.

The California Highway Patrol is also investigating how Caltrans and its contractor handled weld cracks. A Chinese firm was used to weld most of the new roadway and tower.

Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, has raised questions about what taxpayers got for their money and how much it will cost for long-term bridge maintenance.

The Senate Transportation and Housing Committee will discuss the report next Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty says the new span has been the subject of many reviews and his agency would embrace further insight.

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