PORTLAND — Baxter Boulevard reopened to motorists Monday morning after a 1.4-mile stretch of the road was closed for eight months for a sewerage project.

The city installed a new sewer and storm water system to reduce the amount of sewage discharged into Back Cove during rainstorms. Two new million-gallon tanks will store storm water and sewage until the rain stops, when it will then be pumped to the East End Treatment Plant.

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Previously, polluted water was discharged into the cove.

While the boulevard was closed to traffic, neighbors and others took advantage of the project to use the roadway for recreation, prompting a proposal to close Baxter Boulevard on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for that purpose. The City Council’s Transportation, Energy and Sustainability Committee is expected to formally take up the idea.