The new Brookfield Avenue bridge, shown here still under construction in September, will open to traffic after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 9. (Bob Uphues/Editor)

Brookfielders, your two-year odyssey navigating the village without the convenience of using the Brookfield Avenue bridge over Salt Creek is over.

On Dec. 9 at 3:30 p.m. village officials plan to gather on the street in front of Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave., for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the new bridge, which will then be opened to vehicular and pedestrian traffic

“Seeing the completion of this large infrastructure investment for our Brookfield residents is both a rewarding experience and a proud moment in knowing the work and effort that went into full completion by our board and staff,” said Brookfield Village President Michael Garvey in a press release.

Construction of a new bridge had been in the works since 2014, when the village board approved moving ahead with the bridge’s design. Construction started in May 2021 and was almost immediately beset by a host of unforeseen obstacles – the longest of which resulted from the need to relocate a water main and overhead power lines – which delayed work for weeks and sometimes months at a time.

After a strike by union quarry workers delayed construction for two months this summer, the village’s general contractor Lorig Construction raced against time to complete the project before the end of 2022, wrapping up most punch list items this week.

About 80 percent of the cost for the new $3 million bridge is being covered by a federal grant.

This story has been changed to correct the start date of the bridge construction project.