Construction crews put the finishing touches Friday morning on a new road in the city's northwest that is expected to shorten travel time and reduce traffic in the area.
Coun. Joe Magliocca said the new road has been in the works since 2013.
"It took us a very long time to acquire the property from private citizens," Magliocca said. "We finally did it, and we're so happy for this day."
The completed project connects Symons Valley Parkway between 37th Street and Symons Valley Road N.W. — a connection that serves to link the area, Magliocca said.
"It's a huge, important missing link," he said. "Our fire department and EMS and police services are going to be able now to hit more communities at a safer and faster pace."
The extension runs approximately 700 metres, according to the city, and includes new traffic signals and turning lanes. It also includes a multi-use pathway for pedestrians on the north side of the road.
The city said the project came in $3-million under budget, having been projected initially to cost approximately $11-million.
"Everybody really cautioned about the money and the cost and they said, 'We can find some savings,'" Magliocca said. "They did it, and came in under budget, and our administration team has been all over that, too. It worked as a team effort for everybody."