CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Some welcome news for drivers who travel through Chicopee. The Davitt Memorial Bridge is almost ready to reopen.
After more than a year of construction, the Davitt Bridge in Chicopee is reopening in a few days. It's a sigh of relief for area businesses like Paradise Pizza. The shop's delivery drivers used to ride across the bridge as many as 20 times a day before the closing. That number has dropped and so has business.
"Our management has noticed a big difference for the orders of people who come in and pick up because of the bridge being closed. And the delivery drivers have a tough time getting to that side of Chicopee," said Amber Leonard who works the phones.
But soon enough drivers and residents will be able to enjoy Chicopee's new gateway. Front Street resident Hugh Dymski has been following the progress from the start and says he's happy with the finished product.
"That used to be an old iron fence which was rusting away and everything. But they have this new concrete railing here and it goes the entire length of the bridge. Makes it look very much beautiful," said Dymski who has taken dozens of pictures to track the transformation.
And re-building the bridge was no easy feat. It took 60-hour-work-weeks and a dedicated team to finish the project nearly 14 months ahead of schedule.
"We just worked a lot of overtime put a good plan together on it. A lot of support from the home base with all the help it took to get here. What's left is the installation of signs and the stripping of the road," said Northern Construction Supervisor Mike Pelow.
The bridge is expected to open for travel by July 4th.