Grants Mill Road bridge opens today

Birmingham Mayor William Bell will cut the ribbon on the newly replaced Grants Mill Bridge today at 3 p.m.

The bridge has been closed since December 2009 due to safety concerns.

Crews have been working since January to widen the two-lane road, stripe the roadway and replace the  74-year-old bridge. The project cost around $1 million to complete.

The opening of the bridge will mean a shorter commute for thousands of north Shelby County and East Jefferson County residents who had to use a six mile detour while the bridge was under repair.

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