Nitro Police Chief Brian Oxley said there's enough flashing police lights and signage to make motorists well aware of the closure on the Nitro side of the bridge.
As of Monday evening, he hadn't been made aware of any real problems.
"Well I don't have any wood near me to knock on ... but you know so far it's been rather smooth," Oxley said.
He talked to officers working the day shift, who reported to Oxley that just a few motorists "acted confused or maybe put out" by the bridge closure.
Police were stationed at both entrances of the bridge and would remain present until at least Tuesday afternoon to provide an extra warning and make sure no one tried to walk across the bridge, said St. Albans Patrolman J.M. Dent.
"A lot of people have been coming to take pictures," he said.
Dent believes the main thing St. Albans residents will miss is the easy access to Interstate 64.
"Having the option," is what Amy Halstead, of St. Albans, said was her only concern.
Halstead, who works in Kanawha City, drove MacCorkle Avenue to work Monday morning. That afternoon, when she headed home to pick up her daughter for a doctor's appointment, is when the bridge closure almost slipped her mind.
"I almost got on the highway, and then I thought 'oh, no, wait, I have to stay on this side of the river,'" she said.
St. Albans Mayor Dick Callaway believes the bridge closure could actually have a positive economic impact.
"It's going to give people an opportunity to rediscover St. Albans, simply because some business went across the bridge when they opened up new facilities over there, and people have forgotten businesses we have here," he said. "Plus, a lot of new businesses have opened up over here."
Kristin Ledford contributed. Reach Kate White at kate.wh...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1723.