Connecticut state, federal and local officials celebrated the completion of the Arrigoni Bridge overhaul two months ahead of schedule. The bridge over the Connecticut River connects Middletown and Portland.

Begun in May 2011, the three-phase, $19.7 million project included replacing the bridge deck as well as sidewalks and concrete barriers. Officials unveiled the original 1938 bronze bridge marker during the rededication ceremony on Tuesday.

Federal funds covered 80% of the project costs.

"Thanks to the investment of the Federal Highway Administration and the hard work of the DOT, today is a good day for Connecticut travelers," said Gov. Dannel Malloy.

The 1,200-foot-long bridge carries 35,000 vehicles per day. It is named after Charles J. Arrigoni, who served in the state Assembly from 1933-1936 and in the state Senate from 1937-1940.

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