Local leaders and community members joined together Friday to officially dedicate the West Middlesex viaduct. 

Officials say the viaduct is traveled on by around 5,000 vehicles every day. 

At the event, council members highlighted what makes the piece of infrastructure so vital to the community. 

"It's the only way to get from West Middlesex into Shenango Township. When they were building it, everyone had a detour, a long detour, to get from one side of the community to the other," said Maleia James, West Middlesex councilwoman.

The $6.5 million project was originally completed in November 

"People who live there, it's just totally changed the appearance of the town. There are now 28 light posts; before we had six. It just lit up the whole town. They did a tremendous job,"  said Bob Lark, Borough Council President and chairman of the bridge dedication committee. "They also blacktopped the street from the intersection at the top of the hill to two blocks up. It's just something the borough could've never afforded. It's a really big improvement for our little town."