It was too cold for cutting ribbons and long speeches. Instead, Mayor Don Atchison called on city engineers to simply turn on the street lights to officially the open the long-awaited 25th Street extension.

Mayor Don Atchison

Mayor Atchison speaks in front of 25th Street extension. (CBC)

"Easing traffic congestion is one our top priorities," Atchison said.

"We have a strong and vibrant downtown and we need to get in and out efficiently."

The extension connects 25th Street with Idywyld Drive and is expected to handle upwards of 30,000 vehicles a day.

The extension cost $24.1 million. That bill included streetscape improvements and removing contaminated soil.

The street opens to the public at 3 p.m. CST. 

Replay Wednesday's Saskatoon Morning live chat about the 25th Street extension.