About 11:10 this morning, SCE&G crews were pulling a heavy rope across the Ravenel Bridge when the brake mechanism on the rope-pulling machine failed. When the brakes failed, the tension on the rope was suddenly released, and the rope fell into traffic on the Ravenel Bridge. Three street light poles on the bridge were also broken when the rope snapped. Traffic was delayed for about 30 minutes while SCE&G crews on the scene worked to safely and quickly remove the rope from the road. SCE&G crews will remain on the scene today to secure the area and repair the broken street light poles.