OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 02: California Highway Patrol officers ride by the toll plaza before a chain-cutting ceremony to officially open the new eastern span of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge on August 30, 2013 in Oakland, California. After nearly 12 years of construction and an estimated price tag of $6.4 billion, the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge will open to traffic a day ahead of schedule. The bridge will be the world's tallest self-anchored suspension tower once completed. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013 Updated at 7:58 AM PST
The new eastern span of the Bay Bridge opened Monday night, and from the early comments on Twitter and photos shared on Instagram, many commuters were impressed with their new $6.4 billion views.
The bridge opened with much fanfare on Monday night, about seven hours ahead of schedule. The idea to rebuild the eastern span of the Bay Bridge stems from the 6.9 magnitude 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
The new span of the bridge, which is said to be seismically safer, took 11 years to construct.
Here is some of what commuters had to say. (Remember, taking photos while driving is certainly not safe or legal, but we'll assume that these folks were passengers in the cars.)