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Jul 27, 2014 3:06 PM by Associated Press

Lawmaker wants criminal probe into new Bay Bridge

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A California lawmaker is calling for a criminal investigation into construction problems on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier says a Senate investigative report to be released this week will show how the California Department of Transportation knowingly accepted substandard work by a Chinese firm that welded most of the new roadway and tower.

The Sacramento Bee reports the Transportation and Housing Committee chaired by DeSaulnier will discuss the report on Aug. 5.

The Concord Democrat says new witnesses will corroborate earlier testimony about the welding problems and issues with the concrete foundation of the span's iconic tower.

Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty says the new span has been the subject of many reviews already and his agency would embrace further oversight.

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