(KMOV.com) -- The new Wellington Avenue Bridge over River Des Peres re-opened for traffic Thursday.
The bridge was closed to traffic on April 30, 2012 for reconstruction and the project was scheduled to take 14 months to complete.
The construction for the bridge cost $5.2 million to complete and was paid for by a public/private partnership, Great Rivers Greenway and a federal grant.
St. Louis City officials said the construction work included the complete removal and replacement of the existing bridge.
Officials said there will be some utility installation work at the entrances to the bridge that will require lane closures for the next few weeks, though the bridge will remain open to traffic.
Approximately 15,500 vehicles travel the Wellington Avenue Bridge, which is accessed by Wabash from the south and by Ellendale/McCausland from the north.