Rossville bridge causing major detour opens early, $6.6 million under budget

After three months of closure and nearly two years of construction, the new Willard Bridge will open Monday.

The bridge is the only direct route from Willard to Rossville, otherwise causing a 22 mile detour for people who live in the area.

The 62-year-old bridge was closed in June for construction, after safety concerns arose from the public back in 2009.

The city initially planned on the bridge being completed by December but then changed the opening date to be on Sept. 9. However, it will now open Monday, 12 days ahead of that rescheduled date. The bridge stands as the boundary between Shawnee and Wabaunsee counties.

People who live in the area said they are excited to no longer face the 22 mile detour the closing of the bridge caused.

(Read more: KSNT News)