(NEWS CENTER) -- It's been nearly 10 years now since engineers deemed the Waldo-Hancock Bridge was beyond repair and needed to be replaced. And now that work to dismantle the old bridge is finally getting underway. The Waldo-Hancock Bridge has seen better days. It opened to traffic on November 16, 1931. But by 2003 engineers found that there was too much corrosion on the steel support cables. The Penobscot Narrows bridge was built alongside it and opened on December 30th, 2006. The original plan was to remove the Waldo-Hancock bridge soon after the new bridge opened but a lack of funding delayed the removal. The total removal project budget is seven point six million including engineering, demolition, landscaping, and other improvements. Removal work began in November and is expected to be completed by June.