Portland's Baxter Boulevard has reopened

Sep. 8—Baxter Boulevard in Portland reopened Friday evening after more than two years of closures.

The city announced Friday that the final paving has been completed and the barriers would come down "at the end of the day."

The road has been closed for the last two years for the construction of a $28 million waste and stormwater management project called the Back Cove West Storage Conduit. The city built an underground storage system to keep the unsanitary water from flowing into Casco Bay.

Construction on the project has been delayed several times with the city most recently citing weather as the biggest obstacle.

With the reopening of the boulevard comes the return of Sundays on the Boulevard, which is slated to run begin Sunday through October 8. The road will be closed to drivers from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Sunday so pedestrians and bikers can use the entirety of the road.

Construction will still be taking place on the Boulevard for another month or so. The city announced that paving of Dartmouth Street is planned for September 14 and striping will take place on October 1.