Nearly, seven years after construction began, work on the Winter Street bridge has officially ended.
Traffic has been flowing over the bridge since at least June, but officials marked the occasions on Tuesday, Dec. 27 with a ceremony at the bridge.
The project, which started in 2005, increased the size of the Wyman Street intersection and made navigational changes to the ramps to and from Route 128, according to a Massachusetts Department of Transportation press release. Also, three traffic lanes were added to the existing four.
“I’m happy that the bridge is finished and it looks great. Thank you to all,” Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy said in a statement.
While work was originally intended to finish long before this year, the project ran into trouble when the original contractor, the Roads Corporation, filed for bankruptcy. As a result, the state DOT brought in McCourt Construction to finish the job.
The project cost $23 million.