NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- It's a new week and a new day for Connecticut drivers. The first span of the new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge on I-95 over the Quinnipiac River is fully open for business.
On Friday, we were braced for a traffic nightmare. On Saturday, the old Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge closed forever, and Sunday morning, around a full day early, all lanes of I-95 opened up on the new span of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge.
However, the big test was sure to be the Monday morning commute. What did drivers think?
"It was fine, it's clean and there's no bumps," one driver said.
"It was good, a little more traffic than usual, but I think once people get used to it, they'll get used to it, and people just don't know how to drive anyway," Jason said.
"It seemed good enough," one driver said, "it got me here, what can I say?"
That says a lot considering that "here" can be 95, I-91, or Route 34, depending on where you're going, and all those routes were connected to the new bridge in a day and a half.
"I thought it was nice, it kind of smoothed out traffic a little bit," said Luke Jenusaitis, "and it was definitely easier to get off the exit into New Haven, so I was happy about that."
The one difference for commuters this morning was anyone who takes 95 South to Route 34. As you come south on 95 and go across the bridge, you used to see an exit for 91 and then the exit for 34, but now they're together. Once you get off 95 and onto that ramp, 34 splits to the left and 91 to the right.
It was an issue for some.
"It was a little confusing trying to get off on 34, so I got turned around a little bit, but otherwise it was very good," said Amanda Cripe.
"Because it's a different exit, you're exiting with 91 now," asked News 8's Kent Pierce.
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