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Aug 29, 2013 10:32 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Commuters face first morning without SF Bay Bridge


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Commuters are facing their first morning without the workhouse San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and so far traffic around the region appears to be moving well.

Alternate bridges to get into San Francisco were more crowded around 6:30 a.m. Thursday, and Bay Area Rapid trains appeared to be carrying a heavier load than usual. But commuters were getting around without any major snarls.

The bridge closed on Wednesday night, as preparations got under way to open the new $6.4 billion eastern span.

The new crossing is expected to open late Monday or early Tuesday.

It will replace a span that was damaged during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and deemed seismically unsafe.

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