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Coming Collapse of San Francisco’s Made in China Bridge!!!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 20, 2012

The BrewMan get my vote for Pres. San Francisco’s Bay bridge made by the Chinese is a piece of metallic shit….You have to read this!!!

The King of Brews!

“Shit, I hope your info pipe doesn’t burst like a Chinese one, but again… just gotta pop it up.

Does the reputation of China’s laggard construction industry concern you – are you worried the Asian Tiger’s building the replacement for the San Fransisco-Oakland Bridge? Too late – waaayyy too late.


Construction of the tower portion of the Bay Bridge’s new eastern span is running months behind schedule, amid questions over whether key portions being made at a Chinese steel plant are defective.

Inspectors hired by Caltrans to monitor the fabrication of steel girders that will support the tower’s roadway reported finding cracked welds last year, Caltrans records show.

The discovery has raised the question whether Bay Area taxpayers are getting a substandard product that could wear out prematurely and require costly repairs in a decade or two.

Caltrans and others in charge of the bridge construction say the welds are safe and that fixes have been made – but also say the inspectors interpreted the welding standards too rigidly.

Meanwhile, the inspection outfit that sounded the alarm has since been replaced.


The welding holdup is reminiscent of the flap four years ago when union whistle-blowers said faulty welds had gone unrepaired inside pilings for the skyway portion of the span. A resulting federal investigation came up empty – but not before it halted bridge work for weeks and cost taxpayers millions.

This time, the welds in question are contained in 900 bridge panels that are being assembled into football field-size deck sections that will stretch across the 1,800-foot-long tower portion. The sections were supposed to have begun arriving from China in October, but now they aren’t expected to get here until at least April.”


Soon after ZPMC started production in late 2007, however, the inspectors hired by Caltrans began finding problems – specifically, an unacceptably large number of welding flaws in the new panels – according to internal agency memos and e-mails turned over to The Chronicle under a Public Records Act request.

In a memo dated March 6, 2008, supervisor Patrick Lowrey of the inspection firm MacTec Engineering and Consulting reported that as many as 65 percent of the more than 30 welded panel sections his office examined – either visually or using ultrasonic testing – failed to meet specifications.


Four days later, Merrill wrote to Caltrans principal engineer Peter Siegenthaler to complain about the “random weld quality” on more than 100 panels and recommended that the entire production be halted until ZPMC improved its welding process.

On another panel that had been similarly repaired, Velasco wrote, his team did a spot check and found cracks in more than a dozen new welds.

So with the bad welds piling, how did Caltrans deal with the faulty project? They took a page out of the CCP playbook: they silenced the critics by firing them. The stupid bastards are JUST like the corrupt local guv boyz in China who are in bed with the developers: concerned only about taking their cut, and not giving a damn about the people.

This is going to cost California A LOT.

3 Responses to “Coming Collapse of San Francisco’s Made in China Bridge!!!”

  1. Me said

    Ok, the Chinese cannot even produce kids without messing them up. How are they supposed to build things like bridges?

  2. Brewskie said

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the Chinese are masters at cloning… the problem is their attempts at cloning don’t go according to plan.

    WT, King and I form the Holy Trinity of Hell on all that is China; we are the alpha, and the omega when it comes to all that pertains to her. However, a few years back, another lad of similar DNA too roamed the hell halls, the rancid landscape of pollution; another King or WT spent several years in China – regrettably – and lived to spout about it in his blog… back in ’08.

    (Sigh) Sadly, the blog was written as an online “book,” it’s only 9 chapters long and hasn’t been updated since ’08; but the author, Morris, rings a all-too familiar rant about China. In fact, the title of his blog is a simple, yet classical “Rants about China.” (Note: the site is blocked in China, unless you use Tor to bypass).

    Today I’ll cite chapter 2: Dirty, dirty, dirty.


    “The Chinese are very superficial – they care mostly about how things (and they) appear to the rest of the world instead of what the quality of that thing or themselves is really like on the inside. Your face and clothes, and the person you seem to be, are the most important; your character and what you actually are inside comes a distant second. Thus they have become masters at advertising, but producers of low quality products, products that are even poisonous with their unsafe levels of lead content. You can go into a supermarket in China and buy a Chinese product wrapped in the most wonderful packaging, but the thing inside tastes like crap. If you buy the same kind of product manufactured in a foreign country, it may not be as attractively packaged, but the odds are that it will taste a lot better.


    By far, the most noticeable dirty habit of many Chinese people is spitting. Chinese men especially have a disgusting habit of making loud hawking sounds and spitting the contents of their actions on the road. While it is mostly men, I remember lots of times when I looked at what seemed to be an attractive woman, then was completely turned off when I saw her eject a white ball of spit from her mouth onto the sidewalk or road as casually as if she were a bird ejecting shit from her bottom. In the winter, it is even worse because everyone gets the common cold and then the spit usually has yellow or green mucus in it. When I am walking to the bus stop on a morning in winter, I wonder if it would be less disgusting if I didn’t look down and didn’t care where I stepped, but then I think it’s less disgusting to look down and see the spit so I wouldn’t step in it. And to make matters worse, in winter, the spit freezes and stays there for months.


    Restaurants happen to be some of the dirtiest of places in China. In the West, we can be very particular about what goes into our bodies and how it is prepared. But in China, cleanliness and hygiene, like common sense, aren’t all that common.

    I have often thought I should start a curio cabinet filled with all the strange things I and my friends have found in our food. The cabinet would quickly fill with the weirdest assortment of both organic and non-organic matter: everything from human hair and fingernails, to things of animal origin like bugs and a spiky caterpillar, to stones. But that is a project still in the making. One of the reasons is that I’ve been occupied with many things in China; another reason is that there simply is no recourse when you do find strange things in your food. This is the dirty way it is and probably has always been so it is simply accepted and ignored. Once my wife, who is Chinese, and I went into a restaurant and ordered noodle soup. She started eating it and discovered a bug in the soup. If this was a Western country, there could have been lawsuits costing the restaurant millions of dollars. But in China, well as my wife asked me, “What can I do?” Besides get a new bowl of soup which I refused to touch.

    Once I was in a restaurant near my home and there was dried blood from some poor animal, on the floor. The chefs themselves had dried blood on aprons, which were also stained with a myriad of black marks. I think it would’ve been cleaner not to have worn an apron that’s probably never been washed in the first place. In England or the USA, a restaurant wouldn’t let you enter if you’re bare-backed. In China, it can turn into something of an embarrassment when your host takes you into a restaurant to treat you for a meal, and suddenly, you’re turned off eating because the chef, waiters and patrons are all be barebacked.

    And then there was the time when I went to eat barbequed vegetables on a skewer and saw the chef using one end of a skewer with food already stuck on it to scratch his head. After that, he put it on the coals to cook, then served it to me. It’s a wonder I haven’t died from food poisoning. Yet. But I have, several times, had the worst diarrhoea in my life. When you get diarrhoea here, it can run for 2 weeks and not less than 3 days.

    It is no wonder that the diarrhea is so bad when it comes. But it is the most amazing thing that China is one of the world’s most populous countries. With the dirtiness and lack of safety standards, you’d expect people to be dying like flies here. In England, I used to work for a grocery store. If meat was left unrefrigerated for 15 minutes, you were supposed to throw it away as a food and safety measure. But this is China. When you go to markets, the meat is lying out on the counter and the vendor is using bare hands to handle it. In summer, it lies out in the sweltering heat all day.

    Dirtiness is a daily, year round phenomenon in China. Every winter in the north-eastern city in which I live, people start preparing for the long, cold winter by drying cabbages and leeks. The put the vegetables to dry on the sidewalks without seeming to realize that these are the same sidewalks on which people incessantly spit and blow their noses, and on which dogs pee and defecate. Cars also constantly pass by, dumping the heavy metals and other pollutants in their exhaust fumes on the vegetables.”

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