More concrete falls from the Richmond-San Rafael bridge, damages driver’s windshield

Two more pieces of the Richmond-San Rafael bridge broke off and fell Friday night, damaging a motorist’s vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP said a report of the incident came in at 7:53 p.m. Friday and that the motorist was not injured. The two pieces of concrete were smaller than a baseball, according to the CHP.

The motorist was driving eastbound when pieces of the bridge fell on the windshield of her vehicle and cracked it. The bridge remained open, except for some routine maintenance that was taking place, CHP said.

FEBRUARY INCIDENT: All lanes reopen on Richmond-San Rafael Bridge after concrete problems

This is the third time in 2019 that pieces of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge have broken off, and the second time this month.

The bridge breaks started at the beginning of February, when chunks of concrete fell from the upper deck onto the lower level. It ranged in size, starting from a pebble to larger than a baseball. Due to that incident, the eastbound lanes of the bridge were completely shut down for hours. Prior to the incident, the bridge was not deemed structurally deficient.

A couple months later, more concrete broke off of the upper deck of the bridge, leading to more lane closures.

APRIL INCIDENT: Falling concrete closes lanes of Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. Again.

Because of the most recent incidents on the bridge, State Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, called for the construction of an entirely new bridge.

“Enough with the Band-Aids — let’s have a bridge that will last for generations,” Levine said.

This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/More-concrete-falls-Richmond-San-Rafael-Bridge-13764823.php.

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