Decades Long wait is over as bridge over rails opens 3 months early.....

After nearly 50 years in the making, the long awaited North San Bernardino University Parkway bridge over the UP and BNSF tracks is completed. All that remains now is to clean up the tons of bits of concrete and shiny drill shavings that still sit on the dirt embankments bordering smooth concrete and asphalt.

Also a smell of new paint fills the air. Thirty-five feet below, train after train thundered past University Parkway along Cajon Boulevard the traffic no longer hindered by the numerous trains that pass the area daily.

It was a nexus of old and new Friday morning as officials opened the State Street bridge, a $28 million project that began in July 2001. It's something local leaders say will be an economic boost and a sigh of relief to motorists who get caught behind the railroad crossings daily.

Construction workers and officials with San Bernardino Associated Governments say there's still about four months of work remaining to realign surrounding streets, set up barricades and make other finishing touches. But the bridge itself was completed nearly three months ahead of schedule.

Officials said the bridge will help decrease the estimated 9 tons of carbon monoxide emissions generated annually from motorists idling behind passing trains at the intersection of Cajon Boulevard and University Parkway. It will also help ease the Cal State University San Bernardino traffic on the 215 Freeway by giving students and staff a path from the 210 Freeway.

Local business owners are also happy about the new bridge because it means people have a new way to get from the area known as University Heights instead of having to go back down to the 215 in Muscoy or north to Devore to catch the 215 freeway.

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