The Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge will finally open in July, connecting Riverside South and Barrhaven following many delays, Mayor Jim Watson said Monday.

"We haven't narrowed down the exact date but certainly we're very pleased that finally, after a long delay, the project is going to open about a month early," Watson said.

The expected completion date of the project, which cost the City of Ottawa $48 million, has varied over the years but until recently the opening date was set for August 2014.

The bridge connects Strandherd Drive to Earl Armstrong Road. Watson said he walked across the entire length of the bridge — "the great divide" — a couple of weeks ago as construction neared completion.

Before the bridge opens, Watson said final testing and some landscaping work must be done. He also said concrete needs to be poured for the final portion of the sidewalk.

"It's not a lot of work," he said. "It's been a frustrating experience for people in the south end but it's going to be a great addition to traffic management in the south end and it's going to relieve a lot of pressure on a number of streets."