Structural problems on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge have forced state officials to shut the structure to traffic for repair.
A rod being used for temporary works fell onto the road on Tuesday around 5.30pm, damaging two vehicles.
The rod was being used to support a cracked member on the bridge. The crack was found during earthquake safety upgrades carried out earlier this summer. No-one was hurt when the rod fell.
The department issued a brief statement saying that “structural engineers and inspectors are onsite to assess the damage and will make a determination as to how long repairs will take.”
Construction crews worked through Tuesday night fighting winds that gusted to 35 mph as they brought in heavy machinery to try to move the metal and make repairs. On Wednesday, the strong winds continued to hamper efforts to repair the bridge that carries about 280,000 cars each day.