After nearly two years the South Street Bridge reopened Saturday to fanfare and satisfied commuters.
The new bridge boast two lanes, a bike lane on each side, turning lane and cautionary lane. The project was completed one month in advance and within its $67.4 million budget, according to officials.
It was like a neighborhood block party as people walked, biked across the bridge and even played cards. By Saturday evening cars were able to cruise the short way between University City and Southwest Center City.
"I couldn't wait til this day came. It was just so excited. My daughter said 'mom I can't believe you're this happy about a bridge'..I'm ecstatic", Cynthia Gordon said.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter held a reopening ceremony thanking the men and women who helped to complete the 1,800 foot long span.
"The workers who labored through the worst winter in Philadelphia's history and the hottest summer on record..they were out here every day, every weekend, every night making this happen," Mayor Nutter said.
More than 20 South of South businesses hosted a bridge celebration festival. Customers packed out restaurants and local business to take advantage of deals and enjoy live music.
Officials say 30,000 people are expected to use the new link between South and Southwest Philadelphia.
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