Bay Bridge spill leads to snarled evening commute 

Lanes on the Bay Bridge were shut down for more than two hours Thursday afternoon, causing a slowdown that snarled the commute for drivers leaving San Francisco.

A big rig dropped roughly 50 feet or more of sand on the Bridge at Treasure Island on Thursday afternoon around 2:15 p.m., according to California Highway Patrol Officer Eric Anderson.

Three lanes on the bridge were closed as the cleanup work was done on the span. The spill was completely cleared by a street sweeper by 5 p.m.

There were no injuries as a result of the sand on the roadway, Anderson said, but traffic was backed up in to The City.

The residual backup continued past the cleanup. As of just after 5 p.m., traffic was slow on San Francisco streets the lead to the Bay Bridge. U.S. Highway 101 was backed up from Cesar Chavez, according to the CHP.

Anderson said the cause for the sand to spill is unknown, though it seems the ock malfunctioned on the big rig.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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