October 29, 2009–5,000 pounds of metal dropped from the Bay Bridge and rained down on commuters between Oakland and San Francisco. Luckily only one motorist was slightly injured. The efforts to replace the bridge continue with a budget that has ballooned from $1.3 billion to $7.2 billion with a 2013 opening.
Some have not felt safe on the bridge since the earthquake of 1989 during the World Series. The recent problem stems from Labor Day repairs which apparently did not completely hold.