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Bay Bridge reopens after nearly weeklong closure

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is open to traffic again following emergency repairs, ending days of frustration for Northern California commuters.

California Department of Transportation spokesman Bart Ney had warned that drivers should prepare to find alternate routes for the Monday morning commute then announced the span would reopen.

Engineers have been working furiously to complete repairs to a section of the bridge where two rods and a crossbar fell into rush-hour traffic lanes Tuesday.

Ney says workers made significant progress overnight to assure the bridge's safety and were doing final inspections.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State transportation officials say they plan to reopen the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Monday morning.

The span has been closed for nearly six days for emergency repairs. Two rods and a crossbar failed last week, sending 5,000 pounds of metal into rush-hour traffic.

California Department of Transportation spokesman Bart Ney had warned that commuters should prepare to find alternate routes Monday then later announced that bridge repairs and inspections were complete.

He says workers made significant progress overnight to assure the bridge's safety.

It's the longest closure since the span was shut down for a month after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

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