June 22, 2012 | last updated June 22, 2012 11:05 am

I-95’s ‘Q Bridge’ road stretch to open

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.

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