Drivers on Sherman Minton Bridge opening: '...the nightmare is over.'

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE)- We've waited in hours and hours of traffic...and endured months of not being able to use the Sherman Minton bridge. Late Friday night, the Sherman Minton bridge finally opened, ending the nightmare of 'Shermaggedon.' People on both sides of the river couldn't be happier. For the first time in months, people across Kentuckiana are able to drive across the Sherman Minton Bridge.

Saturday, Darlene Noel, of Henryville, Indiana did crossed the bridge "Just for the fun of it."

"It feels like the nightmare is over," A driver from Louisville who was in New Albany Saturday, said.

A nightmare no longer after the bridge reopened late Friday night, days ahead of schedule.

"I'm happy for everybody that had to cross that bridge," Said Noel

For 162 days, no one could cross that bridge. The span ordered closed after a crack was found in the structure.

"It was so stressful," Said Megan Woodward, of Sellersburg, Indiana. "It put a damper on our relationship. we couldn't see each other as much as we wanted too. I'm really glad that I'll be able to go over to Louisville more often."

The artful drinks might taste even better at Quill's Coffee, in New Albany, now that the bridge is mixed back in to daily life

"We're looking forward to a boost in business here with the bridge being open," Said Quill's Coffee owner, Nathan Quillo.

The cafe's grand opening was Saturday, though not without some good humor

"I didn't pull any strings to get that one," Quillo said as he smiled. WAVE 3 asked Quillo if he planned the grand opening around the opening of the Sherman Minton Bridge. "I'm like I'll throw in another dollar to whatever it is you guys are getting to open early," Quillo said, jokingly, as he laughed. "It's nice."

Many people agreed, saying having the bridge open is nice. "It was very pleasant traveling back today to cross the bridge," said Noel.

"I think it'll be good for the business as well as just for the people being able to commute back and forth," said a driver from Louisville who was in New Albany Saturday.

Copyright 2012 WAVE News. All rights reserved.