Bay Area Traffic
Bay Bridge reopens after big-rig spills sand
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Bay Bridge's eastbound lanes have been fully reopened after a big-rig's spilled up to 50 feet of sand onto Interstate Highway 80, causing traffic to back up for several miles, a California Highway Patrol Officer said.
Drivers were still advised as of about 5 p.m. to prepare for massive delays due to the spill, which occurred when the truck's two trailers malfunctioned, CHP Officer Eric Anderson said.
Officers responded to reports of a sand spill on the Bay Bridge near Treasure Island at about 2:15 p.m. A Sig-alert was issued when officers arrived, Anderson said.
Sand spilled in a 10- to 50-foot line along the two far right lanes of the highway, and three lanes were closed while the spill was removed, Anderson said.
Crews initially estimated it would take an hour to clean the sand off the roadway, but technical problems prevented a sweeper from getting to the highway. The lanes weren't fully reopened until 4:50 p.m., Anderson said.
"It was just an unfortunate accident at an inconvenient place," he said.
bay bridge, I-80, treasure island, bay area traffic
- Water main break floods Castro Valley neighborhood
- Four people in the South Bay die due to cold weather
- North Korea deports elderly Palo Alto man
- Cal students led move toward divestment
- Craigslist ad asks to rent family for Christmas
- Local schools race to keep up with technology
- Man suspected of throwing 2 cats into bay arrested
- Make-A-Wish, Macy's team up to help Daly City girl
- New option studied for treating back pain
- SF man calls 7 On Your Side to help in luggage mixup
- Photos: Record low temperatures freeze the Bay Area
- abcnews: Fierce winds force pilots to abort landing...
- roundup: Teen struck in crosswalk; EPA shooting
- weather: Bay Area weather forecast for Saturday