11/21/2013 02:05 pm ET

Wells Street Bridge Officially Reopens

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City officials on Thursday morning officially reopened Chicago's Wells Street Bridge to cars and pedestrians after a year-long reconstruction project.

"I want to thank all the commuters for their patience who have been waiting for months for this day," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at the 6 a.m. press conference. "The good news is, this is ahead of schedule. This was supposed to actually open up December 1st. We're ahead of schedule and on budget."

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