The Waverley Street Underpass has officially opened.

Initially budgeted at an estimated $155 million, this project has been completed a year ahead of schedule, as well as under budget at a total cost of approximately $98 million, resulting in nearly $57 million dollars in savings amongst the three levels of government.

The extensive project includes not only the underpass, but also the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Waverley Street as well as the widening of Taylor Avenue between Waverley Street and Lindsay Street to four lanes.

The full Construction is expected to conclude this fall, with an art installation and landscaping to be completed in the spring 2020.

Prior to the new underpass being constructed, motorists would have to wait upwards of 30 minutes for trains that passed through this rail crossing every day.

Delays are still expected in the area over the next few months as crews complete the finishing touches.