CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - If it doesn't rain too much over the next two days, the Davitt Memorial Bridge in Chicopee will re-open on Wednesday.
14 months ahead of schedule, the construction is almost complete. All that's left now are pavement markings, testing of traffic lights and installation of new signs.
Many people are counting down the days until the bridge re-opens.
On September 2011, the Davitt Memorial Bridge that connects Front Street in Chicopee Center to Granby Road closed for re-construction.
Now nearly two years later, the bridge will re-open just before the Fourth of July. Welcome news for Chicopee residents who live on one side of the bridge, but work on the other side.
Jonathan Dulchinos told 22News, "I had to walk a different way or get a ride a different way. You know, plan out my work schedule. My grandfather or my girlfriend would drop me off right across the bridge and then I would have to walk across the walk bridge to get here."
Business owners are looking forward to the re-opening as well. Restaurants in Chicopee Center had to have one delivery person who's in charge of downtown and another person who's in charge of neighborhoods on the other side of the bridge. That way they could plan out their deliveries so they can make one trip using the 391 detour and still deliver hot meals to their customers.
Brian O'Connor, owner of Quicky's Restaurant in Chicopee said, "You know, with the bridge open it's obviously a much better access to Chicopee Street, Pendleton Avenue and Memorial Drive. It was a little more difficult for a while, trying to organize that, but we got through it."
The Willimansett Bridge connects Holyoke to Chicopee, and it closed for construction a few months before the Davitt Bridge did. That bridge is still closed, however. it'll re-open Spring of 2014.