MYSTIC - (AP) - A Mystic bridge has finally reopened afterbeing closed more than eight months due to flood damage.

The Mystic bridge on Route 184 reopened Wednesday to cheers ofnearby stores in a shopping plaza. Store owners say theirbusinesses have been hurt because traffic had to be detoured duringthe closure.

A devastating flood destroyed the small bridge along thatstretch of road March 30.

Grace Lewis, who works at "Somewhere in Time" restaurant, saidworkers wanted to take a bottle of champagne and crack it open tocelebrate.

The part of the bridge that was destroyed was 75 years old. Thenew bridge has a much wider opening underneath, now 50 feet,compared to 15 feet when it collapsed.

The bridge cost $2 million to build. Most of the costs werefederally funded.