New $6.4B San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opens to traffic

SAN FRANCISCO - The new, $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is open to traffic after years of delays and cost overruns.

After the California Highway Patrol conducted a final security check and toll takers resumed their positions, the span along with the rest of the bridge reopened Monday night in time for Tuesday morning's commute.

The reopening follows a five-day closure as crews completed striping, railing and other final details on the new gleaming white span.

The section of the bridge it replaces was damaged during a 1989 earthquake and found to be seismically unsafe.

Officials at an opening ceremony Monday praised the span as a dramatic safety upgrade over its predecessor and a beautiful example of public art.

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