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Report: Builders Backing Away from Bay Bridge

A newspaper is reporting that some bridge building experts are deciding not to submit bids to replace a segment of the Bay Bridge because of what they say are unrealistic time and cost estimates. The eastern span of the bridge is being replaced with a suspension span and tower. Parts of the new bridge are already under construction.

But, the Oakland Tribune reports that bridge building firms from around the world are backing away from bidding for the tower portion. The California Department of Transportation has budgeted $729 million for the tower, and given it a 4 year timetable.

Bridge experts say that´s not nearly enough money. And they say the timetable is a year and a half too short. Caltrans says budget worries are normal for large public works projects.