Leader of panel studying bridge problems resigns

September 29, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The chairman of a committee studying problems with the resurfacing of the Bay Bridge has resigned to avoid a potential conflict of interest.

Hal Kassoff, former State Highway Administration chief, said he discovered that the international engineering firm he works for, Parsons Brinckerhoff, has a contract with Wallace Montgomery and Associates, which did design work on the resurfacing.

The westbound span of the bridge is being resurfaced, and much of the work will have to be redone because of cracking concrete. The problem is expected to add $7 million to the $60 million project.

In Kassoff's place, Transportation Secretary Robert L. Flanagan said he has recruited Mary Lou Ralls, who is retiring as Texas' chief bridge engineer, and Thomas Deen, former director of the Transportation Research Board and a Kent Island resident.

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