SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

The Chapala Street Bridge replacement project is finally over, in fact ahead of schedule. 

The public attended a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday morning as the city unveiled the new bridge. 

The old bridge was over 100-year old was deemed structurally deficient and needed better flood control.

It was replaced with a concrete bridge and additional features were added as well. Landscaping, new sidewalks, 5 additional streetlights were put up to enhance safety and the pedestrian experience.

Mayor Helene Schneider thanked the residents for their patience during the 7-months of construction and boasted about the benefits.

The bridge is just one of a series being re-done on mission creek. The Mason Street Bridge project is next, scheduled for late summer.

Slideshow: Chapala Street Bridge Opening Ceremony

POSTED: 04:55 PM PST Jan 14, 2014    UPDATED: 12:01 AM PST Jan 15, 2014 

The Chapala Street Bridge replacement project is finally over, in fact ahead of schedule. The public attended a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday morning as the city unveiled the new bridge. The old bridge was over 100-year old was deemed structurally deficient and needed better flood control.

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