The\u00a0$15 million project\u00a0to replace a 1958 bridge near Route 1 has been completed early. The area near Exit 9 on I-95 was\u00a0expected to be closed\u00a0for the project from Friday night until early Monday morning last weekend and this weekend, but the highway reopened on Sunday mornings both weekends. Officials had feared the detours would lead to a\u00a0traffic nightmare\u00a0through Stamford, but residents and police said congestion was\u00a0not too bad\u00a0in the city last weekend Gov. Ned Lamont praised the \u201cflawless efforts\u201d of crews to prevent significant traffic delays in the normally heavily congested area. \u201cWe really must give applause to the DOT staff, construction crews and state and local law enforcement who were involved in this complex and innovative project,\u201d he said in a press release. Crews demolished two bridge spans that carry Route 1 over I-95 and installed new ones using what Lamont called an \u201cinnovative\u201d construction method called accelerated bridge construction. With traditional construction methods, a project of this scale would have taken two years to complete, leading to daily traffic delays, Lamont said. The new method caused construction to be completed \u201cin what felt like the blink of an eye,\u201d Lamont said. \u201cA project of this magnitude could have resulted in a nightmare on the highway, but everyone involved did an excellent job of communicating to drivers that they should avoid the area, and they were able to complete their work expeditiously,\u201d he said in his statement. Joe Giulietti, commissioner of the state Department of Transportation, said he appreciated all those involved in the project. \u201cI must thank the men and women of the Connecticut DOT who worked so hard behind the scenes to put all the pieces in place for this major bridge replacement project to come together in such a precision fashion, and ahead of schedule,\u201d he said in a statement. \u201cThe construction crews and our law enforcement partners deserve equal recognition and high praise for being an integral part of the team that made this project such a success for everyone, but also most notably we must thank our customers - the traveling public.\u201d O&G Industries, a business based out of Torrington, completed the project.