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In a message dated 97-11-21 11:34:50 EST, you write:

<< Subj:	 CalTrans Screw Up
 Date:	97-11-21 11:34:50 EST
 From:	73527.1356(--nospam--at) (Roger Turk)
 Sender:	73527.1356(--nospam--at) (Roger Turk)
 Reply-to:	seaoc(--nospam--at)
 To:	seaoc(--nospam--at)
 I agree 100 percent with Bill Allen.  (Welcome back, Bill.)  If the welds
 acceptable, then the contractor should be paid.  If the welds are 
 unacceptable, then they should be repaired.  Big question is:  Who is 
 responsible for the bad welds and/or permitting them to be encased in 
 concrete, if they are.  If CALTRANS was responsible, then CALTRANS should 
 pay.  If an independent inspection agency did not stop the contractor from 
 placing concrete before the welds were corrected, then the independent 
 inspection agency bears a lot of responsibility.
 The thing is, if the welds are inadequate, are we going to read about
 bridge collapse that kills/injures umpteen people when the next earthquake 
 hits?  Will CALTRANS then defend its actions on economic grounds rather than

 safety requirements?
 If something is *bad*, then it should be corrected.  If it is good, then it 
 should be paid for.
 A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
 Tucson, Arizona
Roger and got my vote too !!!!!
Antonio S. "Tony" Luisoni
Consulting SE