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story.lead_photo.caption Broadway Bridge - Photo by Stephen B. Thornton

The new Broadway Bridge has opened to traffic weeks ahead of the original schedule.

The bridge between Little Rock and North Little Rock reopened about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, a little more than four weeks before the deadline set in the contract with Massman Construction.

Work will continue in the coming weeks to connect an off-ramp to Cantrell Road on the south side and to complete the bicycle and pedestrian walkway.

[BROADWAY BRIDGE: Video, photos and more detailing the demolition of the old span and construction of the new one]

Other work will necessitate lane closures at off-peak times as finishing touches on the span are completed, the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department said.

Wednesday night's opening was only to north-south vehicle traffic. A live camera showed a handful of cars making their way across at 9:45 p.m.

Read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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