It's taken 24 years for the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge to finally open. This shot is looking east to the Oakland hills. The eastern side is no longer a double deck bridge and both directions of traffic now have breakdown lanes that will hopefully reduce traffic jams due to fender benders and empty gas tanks. There is a temporary pedestrian/bicycle lane on the south side of the bridge that is already very popular. Right now you can take it close to Yerba Buena Island but then you have to turn around and go back to the East Bay. After the old span is demolished, a permanent lane will go all the way to Yerba Buena and Treasure Island. Linked to Skywatch Friday.