Commuters are facing their first morning without the workhouse San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, but there weren’t major traffic snarls as day broke across the Bay Area.
Alternate bridges to get into San Francisco were more crowded around 6:30 a.m., and Bay Area Rapid Transit trains appeared to be carrying a heavier load than usual. But commuters were managing to get around.
The bridge closed on Wednesday night, as preparations got underway to open the new $6.4 billion eastern span. After a long line of evening commuters took one last trip across San Francisco Bay, traffic slowed to a trickle and then the Depression-era bridge shut down as scheduled at about 8 p.m.
The new crossing is expected to open late Monday or early Tuesday, but the exact timing is still being worked out, bridge spokesman Andrew Gordon said.
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