CHESAPEAKE--- The Gilmerton Bridge re-opened at 5 p.m. Monday, a week earlier than anticipated.

The bridge project was expected to take two weeks to complete, but crews were able to float in the lift-span in half the allotted time.

'It's been a long time coming,' said VDOT Project Manager Marc Papini. 'We are very happy to finish a week early.'

The newly opened bridge will give motorists the ability to access the recently completed south-side span of the bridge, as well as experience fewer lifts and less congestion.

Overnight bridge closures will resume Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through January 24.

On Jan. 27, nightly closures from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday will resume until further notice to perform needed construction activities.

Additional work to the Gilmerton Bridge Replacement Project will include the demolition of the existing bridge and construction of the northside approaches, with completion scheduled for early 2014.

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