“Brown said Caltrans needs to understand the reasons why 32 steel rods snapped when they were tightened in March. He said the agency must also answer questions that have been raised about 2,300 additional rods on the span, but said that was proving to be difficult.”
Brown: Bay Bridge may not open on time [Chron] [AP via Ex]

“Fisher, who has spent decades studying failures of U.S. steel structures, including the World Trade Center in 2001, urged that Caltrans test all bridge rods that are under high stress and replace any that register toward the upper levels of hardness.”
Expert: Replace at-risk Bay Bridge rods [Chron] [KCBS]

“Out of 35 registered teams from around the world from Iran to Slovenia, a local team from the Academy of Art is taking home the small cash prize and the opportunity to work with an SF-based fabricator to build prototypes and test its ‘Pedalution’ corral.”
Fun with Urban Planning: Pop-Up Bike Parking Design Wins Competition in Yerba Buena [Curbed]

“One of the first things Andrew pointed out was a small figurine resting on the side of the current bridge. We glanced up and saw a troll located at the exact spot where the old span collapsed during the 1989 earthquake, and was subsequently repaired.”
Construction Watch: First Look at the Almost Completed East Span of the Bay Bridge [Curbed]

“An $840 million contract for Muni’s Central Subway project — a pact that accounts for more than half the total cost of the undertaking — is up for approval Tuesday.”
Transit agency board to vote on Central Subway contract [Ex]

“This report indicates serious problems with both the schedule contingency and cost contingency,”
Central Subway report details lack of time, money contingencies [Ex]

“The BART Board of Directors will meet at 6 pm on Thursday, May 23, 2013, in an effort to make the Board meeting more accessible to members of the public who may not be able to attend meetings routinely held at 9 am.”
[BART] Board meets Thursday evening on budget, proposed changes to bike rules

“If you look around, there are some neighborhoods that are 50 percent parked with blue placards,”
Advocates for the Disabled Say Free Parking for Placard Holders Must End [Streetsblog] [KCBS]

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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