Calif. gov cites safety in possible bridge delay

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BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown says he doesn’t know if the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will open over Labor Day weekend because of safety concerns.

It’s the first time the governor acknowledged serious worries about the structural integrity of the $6.4 billion project to build a new eastern span of the bridge.

Brown spoke to reporters Monday before delivering a graduation speech for University of California, Berkeley political science students.

The Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/Z8qthw ) quoted him as saying, “I drive across that bridge, too.”

He says the administration is reviewing construction documents going back as far as the administration of former Gov. Gray Davis.

The new bridge is replacing a span damaged during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. It’s already years late and billions of dollars over budget.

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