MLK Bridge is now open

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - After months of work, the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge over the Maumee river has reopened.

It closed for about 45 days back in September. The bridge connects downtown Toledo to the east side of the city.

The bridge closed so the Toledo Waterways Initiative can install an 84-inch pipe connecting a combined sewer overflow to a 5.2-million-gallon storage basin under International Park.

Initially, the Kapszukiewicz administration considered starting the closure on May 14th, but decided to move the date to September to accommodate businesses in East Toledo like those at The Dock's.

The Toledo Waterways Initiative is a federally-mandated program requiring the city of Toledo to reduce sewage discharges into its waterways.