First cars cross SF-Oakland Bay Bridge's new span

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In this photo taken on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, provided by the Bay Area Toll Authority, a phalanx of police officers lead a procession across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to mark the east span's opening in San Francisco. At the modest inaugural ceremony, the new, self-anchored suspension bridge with its looming, single white tower was praised as a dramatic safety upgrade over its predecessor. It also was held up as a beautiful example of public art. (AP Photo/Bay Area Toll Authority, Noah Berger ) MAGS OUT, NO SALES

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — New bridge, same traffic.

The gleaming white and newly built $6.4-billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge handled its first morning commute Tuesday with few problems other than the traffic snarls that were common around the toll plaza of the old span.

California Highway Patrol Officer Sam Morgan said traffic heading into San Francisco on the bridge around noon was a little heavier than usual, possibly because of excitement about the new bridge.

But he said the CHP has not encountered any instances of people pulling over on the roadway to take pictures of the span.

The new span opened on Monday, hours after an inaugural chain-cutting ceremony.

It replaces a span that was damaged during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

The bridge's bike and pedestrian path opened on Tuesday.