Sudbury DPW Director Bill Place acknowledged during the Sept. 17 Board of Selectmen meeting there were unforeseen issues that have slowed the bridge repair on Landham Road.
But the good news is the project should be completed next week.
"It's being done right and it will last for the next 70 years," he said.
Landham Road reopened to traffic on Sept. 13 after being closed for about seven weeks when a rusted culvert forced the closure of the heavily used road.
The original plan had the road closed for three weeks, well ahead of the start of the new school year, but more problems arose as crews investigated.
Excavation was needed from the middle of Landham Road toward the west end to replace a 40-year-old rusted culvert, among other things.
"We've replaced a pipe, the culvert has been replaced and we've completed the west headwall," Place told the Selectmen. "We still have to reconnect the gas main and water main. Grading will happen next week, and the entire section paved and back to normal, which is a Godsend."
The closure forced traffic coming from Framingham to detour through a few of Sudbury's residential neighborhoods.
During that time, the Sudbury Police Department issued dozens of speeding citations.
The original estimate for the project was about $200,000. Place said would not have an updated cost until the end of the work next week.