Doyle Drive Bypass Completed

New Doyle Drive commute was slow, but smooth for Day No. 1

By Bob Redell
|  Monday, Apr 30, 2012  |  Updated 3:41 PM PDT
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This is what you will see the next time you take a trip to the Golden Gate Bridge.

This is what you will see the next time you take a trip to the Golden Gate Bridge.

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This is what is going to happen this weekend to Doyle Drive

Doyle Drive Demolition

Built in 1933. Destroyed in 2012. A big piece of Bay Area history will come crumbling down this weekend. NBC Bay Area's Cheryl Hurd is in San Francisco, where demolition work on Doyle Drive begins tomorrow.
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After a lot of worrying about potential traffic confusion, drivers on Monday seemed to navigate the new Doyle Drive bypass area without a hitch.

Though at about 8:30 a.m., traffic was moving a bit slower than usual, as commuters seemed to be getting used to the new surroundings.

Three hours earlier, however, at 5 a.m. -- after 57 hours of work -- California Highway Patrol cruisers escorted the first wave of traffic onto the new roadway, which will be called Presidio Parkway, when it is completed, hopefully by 2015.

At that early hour, things went smoothly, reported NBC Bay Area's Bob Redell, who was there.

Heading southbound from the Golden Gate Bridge, the old Doyle Drive now veers slightly right over a new bridge through a new tunnel and onto a wide S-curve that dumps drivers into the Marina district of San Francisco.

Most of the old, elevated section of the drive lies in ruins on either side of the new roadway.

The old Doyle Drive was demolished because it was 76 years old and needed to be seismically retrofitted.

Retrofit construction is expected to cost $1 billion.

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