If you travel between Middletown and Red Bank along Front St., good news: your trip just got a lot easier!

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After four long months of construction to build a much-needed new bridge, it finally opened for drivers within the last hour after an official ribbon-cutting ceremony.

As someone who lives right near the bridge, it's been a HUGE inconvenience to drive all the way around to get across the Swimming River.

The bridge on West. Front St. between Middletown and Red Bank, open to pedestrians and bikers, but still closed to cars on May 17. (Laurie Cataldo)

The new Hubbard's bridge, which opened to pedestrians and bicyclists on Saturday afternoon, is also a lot more visually appealing than the old one -- a rickety mess which I am convinced was held together with toothpicks and bubble gum.

There are still some finishing touches needed, like the installation of some lamps, but the structural work is done.

Especially impressive that they were able to stay on schedule with this construction through such a brutal winter!

I've never been so excited for my commute home...