Jeff Chiu / AP
The self-anchored suspension of the new eastern section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is seen at left 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. Alternate bridges to get into San Francisco were more crowded around 6:30 a.m., and Bay Area Rapid Transit trains appeared to be carrying a heavier load than usual. But commuters were managing to get around.