Caltrans: Leaks Plugged in Bay Bridge Eastern Span

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Caltrans says it has found a solution to eliminate leaks in the Bay Bridge’s new eastern span that could cause corrosion and other damage to the cable at its anchorages.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://sfg.ly/1REAihf) bridge officials say almost no water is making it into the hollow steel structures despite recent heavy rains thanks to industrial-grade caulk used to seal the gaps between the asphalt road surface and the guardrails.

Caltrans struggled with water leaking into the steel support structures during construction and the problem got worse after the bridge opened in September 2013, when rainwater began to drip underneath the road decks.

The simple solution comes after authorities spent more than 1.4 million trying to plug the leaks.