Good Question: Why Are Parts Of The New Bay Bridge Made In China?

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Cormorants nesting on the old Eastern Span of the Bay Bridge. (Caltrans/CBS)

Cormorants nesting on the old Eastern Span of the Bay Bridge. (Caltrans/CBS)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS) – The Bay Area is watching the new Eastern Span of the Bay Bridge go up piece by piece, but there will be parts that won’t be stamped “Made in America.” In this Good Question: Why are portions of the new Bay Bridge being made in China?

ANSWER: According to Bart Ney of Caltrans, some steel components had to be made in China because there is not a facility large enough in the United States to build certain sections. It would have cost an extra $400 million to build a facility here and the project would have been delayed by several years.

Ney said 75 percent of the new bridge project is being built with steel made in the U.S.

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