OAKLAND — Traffic on the Bay Bridge was slowed early this morning as maintenance crews closed three lanes to repair a metal plate starting to protrude above the road surface.

Crews doing a scheduled night inspection of the cracked eyebar on the bridge spotted the metal plate out of alignment and figured it might damage car tires. Crews welded the plate back in place and reopened the lanes before 6 a.m., said Caltrans spokesman Bart Ney.

The repair of the metal plate in a bridge joint was unrelated to Caltrans problems with the cracked eyebar on the east span. Starting Friday, Caltrans plans overnight lane closures for three weeks to replace the cracked section of the eyebar.




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