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One Step Closer To Completion

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China's biggest heavy machinery maker put the final touches Monday on sections of the new east span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Instead of hiring local labor, California's Department of Transportation outsourced manufacturing of the main parts of the bridge to Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co so that the state could save $400 million on labor and material costs. The first shipment of segments of the bridge's deck was delayed by a few weeks two years ago due to welding problems. The problems were resolved and the bridge is still slated to open in 2013. [SF Gate/photo via Alan Grinberg]