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San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge expected to reopen later today

November 2, 2009 |  6:46 am

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is expected to reopen later today -- six days after two rods and a crossbar failed.

The bridge is likely to remain closed through this morning's commute, making it the longest closure for the bridge since part of the span collapsed during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

The rods and crossbars that failed were installed over the Labor Day weekend in an emergency repair after inspectors discovered a crack in a critical structural beam.

Debris fell at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when the rupture occurred; three vehicles were damaged but no one was seriously injured. The bridge was then cleared and closed.

The closure of the span, traveled daily by 280,000 motorists, has caused traffic woes in the Bay Area.

A Caltrans spokesman said workers have made good progress in recent days fixing the problem.

-- Shelby Grad