County leaders teamed up with area representatives to host a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for a new road in Boone County.
The South Airfield Road project will travel from Oakbrook Drive along the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport's southern border to Turfway Road in Florence.
"This groundbreaking is a culmination of years of hard work from our administration," said Gary Moore, Boone County Judge-executive. "Through the efforts of Congressman (Geoff) Davis and other funding partners, including the Fiscal Court, residents in Boone County will have shorter commute times and less congestion."
The cost of construction, estimated at $13 million, will be funded primarily through federal dollars. Total project investment is estimated at $18 million.
Some area businesses are excited to see the project get underway.
"We see traffic all day long here so, very, very busy," shared Taylor Fraley, owner of Florence Rare Coin off Highway 18. "We're excited about the new road. We think that is going to allow things to flow even better around here."
Others, however, are not convinced the project will be good for business.
"There's going to be more confusion," Performance Body Repair owner James Fultz said. "[I'm] not sure if it's going to bring more business, [it]might open up some access to my business but it also gives the opportunity for another collision shop to be built."
Approximately 800 acres will be opened up for development. The road is projected to carry 49,000 cars per day by 2030.
The County Administrator Jeff Earlywine says the contractor for the project is ready to start work, weather permitting.
Earlywine says equipment and dirt should begin to be moved next week if the rain holds off. He says the contractor has 18 months to finish up the project. If the weather cooperate, however, he says the contractor plans to complete the project before the deadline which means it could be finished as early as sometime next summer.