SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The brand-new, seismically-safe eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was open for the first workday commute Tuesday and the California Highway Patrol reported things went fairly smoothly for the morning drive.
The first accident on the new span happened around 11:30 a.m. on the westbound Incline. It was quickly cleared to the shoulder, which would not have been possible on the shoulder-less cantilever section of the old bridge.
No other collisions were reported, despite many motorists craning their necks to gaze up at the new white tower as they passed beneath the cascade of cables streaming down to the deck.
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While many people were taking photos and videos to document their first trips across the span, CHP Officer Sam Morgan recommended that drivers keep their eyes on the road and passengers keep their arms inside cars while acting as videographers.
Another option is to walk out onto the new pedestrian path and take photos or video from there, Morgan said. The new span’s bicycle and pedestrian walkway also opened around midday Tuesday.