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New Bay Bridge span opens to first cars




The self-anchored suspension of the new eastern section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, left, runs behind the current eastern section which is closed to traffic in San Francisco, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Commuters faced their first morning on Thursday without the bridge, but there weren't major traffic snarls as day broke across the Bay Area. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
The self-anchored suspension of the new eastern section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, left, runs behind the current eastern section which is closed to traffic in San Francisco, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Commuters faced their first morning on Thursday without the bridge, but there weren't major traffic snarls as day broke across the Bay Area. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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A new span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened early Tuesday.

The project experience years of delays and went over budget. But that didn't stop hundreds of drivers from jockeyingto be the first to cross the newly-built eastern span.

Guest: Malcolm Dougherty, Caltrans director