The northbound side of the new five-lane Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge on I-95 in New Haven – popularly known as the "Q Bridge'' – opens to traffic this weekend, authorities say.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and a host of federal, state and local officials were on hand for Friday morning's ribbon cutting.
The new bridge is part of the 16-year, $2 billion I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing corridor improvements – the biggest highway project in state history, officials said.
While underway, the project will employ some 2,000 workers a year.
The bridge carries I-95 traffic over the Quinnipiac River. The program has included numerous segments, including a new "flyover" from I-95 northbound to Route 34 into downtown New Haven.
The southbound side of the new bridge, also five lanes, is scheduled for completion in 2015.