FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - Boone County officials gave drivers the green light to drive on the South Airfield Road Project for the first time Friday afternoon.
Both Aero Parkway and Ted Bushelman Boulevard opened at 4 p.m.
"They were talking about if four years ago," Florence resident Carl Rinaldi said. "I didn't think it was ever going to happen."
Rinaldi says the intersection in front of his Oakbrook subdivision off Kentucky 18 has opened up just in time.
"It gets real busy at the Florence Mall around Christmas time, Thanksgiving time [with] everyone shopping and traffic gets backed all the way up," Rinaldi explained. "So this is the perfect time for this."
It has been nearly a year and a half since officials broke ground on the project.
The main entrance to the Oakbrook subdivision has been shut down for weeks in preparation for the opening.
The price tag sits at just over $20 million, which includes nearly $14 million in federal funds. Boone County contributed $2.5 million to the project. Private dollars accounted for roughly $4 million of the project's budget.
Aero Parkway stretches for 2.5 miles connecting Kentucky 18 and Turfway Road. The .6 mile 'Ted Bushelman Boulevard' was named after the late Florence City Council Member. The boulevard connects Aero Parkway to Houston Road.
Jude Executive Gary Moore says the first reference to the new road was in the 1996 Boone County Transportation Plan.
He says the project was constructed in a little more than 16 months under time and under bid price.
A Boone County spokesperson says the road will provide access to over 400 acres now open to development near CVG and I-75.
Engineers project 49,000 vehicles will travel that new road daily by 2030.