Testing of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge to Begin This Week

Testing begins this week on the potential lifespan of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. The state is spending 300-thousand-dollars to scan the bridge decks for signs of degradation or cracking. It’s part of a larger, multi-million-dollar plan to study all the state-run bridges over the next year and is separate from the repairs underway on the span’s crumbling expansion joints. Assemblyman Marc Levine says informal tests have estimated the 63-year-old bridge may have only another 20-years of life and the formal tests will help figure out whether or when the entire bridge should be replaced.