Greenwich celebrated the completion of the Riversville Road Bridge with a ribbon cutting.
"The bridge had reached its useful life, and it was getting to the point where is just needed to be replaced," said Chief Engineer James Michel.
"It's part of the Town's overall efforts to upgrade and replace aged infrastructure, establish the proper standards, and and see to it that they are maintained and adhered to int he future," said Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei.
The project took just over a year to complete. Now residents of Riversville Road will have a safer commute.
"It most certainly is going to provide them a much safer passageway in terms of the overall straightening out of the curves of the bridge. Sight line will probably reduce the number of accidents, and improve the overall quality of travel," said Tesei.
Riversville Road is a major North-South road in Greenwich. It is also a major emergency response route, so special care had to be taken when construction was happening.
"Prior to removing the old bridge, we constructed a temporary bridge because we needed to allow the emergency vehicles to move up to the northwest corner of Greenwich," said Michel.
The bridge was constructed by NJR Construction with a 90 percent grant from the state, and a total cost of just under two million dollars.
"It's a wonderful benefit for the Town of Greenwich and people living in and around the Riversville Road area," said Tesei.