RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) -- The brand new Russellville Southern Bypass officially opened Tuesday afternoon.
A ribbon cutting ceremony took place Tuesday on the bypass with the mayor, judge executive, Senator Westerfield and other community members.
The Russellville Southern Bypass Project connects KY 100 to US 79, and is four and a half miles long, and is the final leg of four major projects that completes the bypass into an entire loop around Russellville.
"We like to say all roads lead to Russellville and Logan County and now we can truly say that, whether we're coming off 24, 65, or 68-80, so it's a golden opportunity for this city, and most of all it's a golden opportunity for our county," says Mayor Mark Stratton.
Mayor Stratton says the bypass will eliminate big truck traffic from their downtown.
This project completes the final leg of four major projects which in total took 25 years. Moments after they cut the ribbon, cars were able to use the new bypass.
"I think it's a long journey that's kind of been wrapped up a little bit, we've come full circle so to speak, with our bypass. I personally think it's another tool in our toolbox of economic development," says Mayor Stratton.