Commuters are facing their first morning without the workhorse San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Alternate bridges to get into San Francisco are more crowded than normal this morning and Bay Area Rapid Transit trains appeared to be carrying a heavier load than usual.
The bridge closed on Wednesday night, as preparations got under way 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.
One alternate route is taking Highway 37 across to San Rafael, then 101 South over the Golden Gate Bridge.
Another way to go is I-580 into Oakland and heading South to Highway 92 across the San Mateo Bridge to 101 North.
For a list of alternative transportation, go to 511.org.