11th Street Bridge inbound span opens Monday

The project to replace the 11th Street Bridges began in 2009. (Photo: DDOT)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The opening of a bridge over the Anacostia River should improve the commute for folks heading into Southeast D.C. this week.

Monday morning marks the opening of the inbound section of the 11th Street Bridges.

PHOTOS: An overhead look at the 11th Street Bridges

Mayor Vincent Gray's administration announced the completion of the spans last week, after about two years of construction. The brdiges connect the Southeast/Southwest Freeway and the Anacostia Freeway.

The mayor's office said in a press release that crews were working over the weekend to shift traffic to the inbound bridge. The outbound bridge is expected to open next week.

The project, which has been underway since 2009, comes at a total cost of about $300 million. A local bridge that is set to carry traffic from Anacostia to Capitol Hill is on track to open next summer.

"This critical for connecting one city across the Anacostia River," D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said. "These new spans will serve our residents, workers and visitors for decades to come."