Police are appealing for witnesses after a trolley was thrown onto the M4 motorway between junctions 18 and 19 early this morning.
It was on the eastbound carriageway near the Pucklechurch Road overbridge on the B4465 Westerleigh Road.
Two vehicles hit it and were damaged.
According to the RAC, £190,000 was paid out in compensation for damage caused by potholes in the West Country last year.
They say over five hundred motorists made successful claims.
Wiltshire saw the biggest number with 433 claimants, costing the authority more than a £120,000.
Drivers are being urged to make sure they are prepared for the winter. The Highways Agency wants everyone to have things like a blanket and thermos flask in their car, as well as making sure tyres are in a good condition.
Meanwhile councils in the region say they are well prepared for the winter, with most reporting an increase in their grit and salt supplies
Every two days a young person dies, or is seriously injured, in an accident on the region's roads. Now, a group of young people - including some from our region - have been at a conference to tackle the issue
As part of the FIXERS project that gives young people a voice, they want to influence a forthcoming government Green Paper on young drivers.
Congestion expected in Bishopston and Horfield as Gloucestershire take on South Africa at the County Ground. Play starts at 10.15am.
Surface water on the carriageway between J18a (Avonmouth) and J19 (Portishead)
There are reports of an accident in Bristol on the B4465 Whitefield Road between Whitefield Avenue and Duncombe Lane. Approach with care.
Bath: One lane is closed on the A36 Bathwick Street between Daniel Street and Henrietta Road. Water mains works.
There are reports of a fallen tree near Bath on the A365 between Box and Fiveways.
There's a lane closed due to roadworks on A38 Bristol Road near Wylds Road.