The state Department of Transportation and Rome residents are celebrating the completion of the Veterans Memorial Parkway in the Griffiss Business and Technology Park.
It was a $21.9 million project to reconstruct 2.6 miles of Route 825 in Rome, between state routes 49 and 46 (Black River Boulevard).
The third and final phase, which cost $8.8 million, was completed three months ahead of schedule, according to the state DOT.
The construction project included adding roundabouts, sidewalks, and a new trail to connect to the Griffiss Sculpture Park trail. The road was also transformed from two lanes to four.
DOT officials say the goal was to make the area safer and boost the local economy.
“We've seen a lot of growth here in the community,” said Sean Hennessey, assistant commissioner for operations for the state DOT. “From the work we have done, we see Stewart’s Shop, we see new hotels and shops. The business park has really prospered just from the development of this project.”
The project was part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Drivers First Initiative.”