Friday, July 1, 2011

San Francisco Bay Bridge: Made in China

One of the icons of the San Francisco Bay Area is the Bay Bridge, connecting San Francisco, Oakland and the east bay area. Construction of a new Bay Bridge replacing the aging one is part of daily life. However, a lesser known part of the construction process is that major portions of it are being completed in China.

Construction on the last four of two dozen, football-sized sections of pre-assembled roadway skeleton are nearly complete in China. When they are done, they will be loaded onto giant ships and sailed to Oakland, some 6,500 miles away. They will then be connected to the already-assembled sections of the Bay Bridge like a giant erector set.

Workers will then pour the concrete and paint the lane markers. However, the vast majority of the steel work will be done in China. The state said this will save hundreds of millions of dollars in overall cost. That may be true, but it also will cost a lot of good American jobs and California tax payers will be funding jobs in China that will not be adding to the tax base here in California.

I guess when it comes to the check book the California Legislature chooses to ignore the slogan “Made in America”.

Live Long and Prosper....


Anonymous said...

If China is an infrastructure powerhouse, then it makes me wonder why our gov't is concerned about raising taxes to invest in infrastructure as a means to boost the economy, since the money goes overseas. Maybe its because things that are made in China have a history of poor longevity, and lots of jobs will be created in repairing all the defects!

Gary said...

I would almost agree with that explanation -but I just don't give the government credit for thinking that far ahead....