Commuters have faced chaos on the roads after the Queensferry Crossing was closed in both directions due to falling ice.
Authorities say the bridge may remain shut until Wednesday after eight cars were damaged in what are described as “unique conditions”.
Transport Secretary Michael Matheson has defended the Scottish Government’s actions after opponents pointed out similar ice problems were reported last winter.
He also says that the Forth Road Bridge could be opened up to traffic if the problem returns in the future.
Operator Amey said the Queenferry Crossing would be closed until further notice as a safety precaution due to ice falling from the cables.