The Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown visited the Kessock Bridge this morning as daytime travel restrictions were lifted five weeks ahead of schedule.
Both lanes on the southbound dual carriageway will now be open for peak traffic from tomorrow morning.
The remaining work on the bridge, including re-tensioning the bridge’s main cables, will be carried out at night.
Mr Brown said that the efforts of contractors Balfour Beatty had been “tremendous” throughout the second phase of the £13.2 million project.
He also thanked motorists for their patience during the works, which started in February.
Eddie Ross, operating company representative for BEAR Scotland, said that erecting shelters to counter high winds and rain was a key reason behind the improvement time compared with last year’s phase one.
He is also encouraging the continued use of cycle lanes and public transport.
Transport Scotland have said that the new surface will stay repair free for 30 years.