MISSOULA — A Missoula construction project that was years in the making is finally complete.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday morning marked the official completion of the Russell Street Bridge.
Construction on the bridge started two years ago.
Officials say the new bridge is safer, and more than twice the size of the old bridge.
The project was a joint effort between the city of Missoula, the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT), and many other local organizations.
During Wednesday's ribbon-cutting, officials said they are excited to see people already enjoying the area.
"Thanks to the city of Missoula, the community that lives here, for working with MDT over decades to make this happen. It was a team effort, and we haven't forgotten that, so thank you," MDT director Mike Tooley said.
Part of the project included improving bike paths and adding two new pedestrian underpasses in the area.
State transportation officials note that Missoulians can now enjoy safer transportation however they choose.