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Oak Hill Rd. now open after year-long construction project

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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

The newly built segment of Oak Hill Road from Pigeon Creek to Lynch Road is now open.

The continued construction in the past year has been tedious and at times challenging for drivers to navigate. 

Mayor Winnecke says trying times are over and it's smooth sailing on the new road for cars and bikes alike. 

For that reason Mayor Winnecke says this new stretch of Oak Hill Road is Evansville's first 'complete street'.

The project was completed in two phases over the past five years with a price tag of more than $7 million. 

Officials say 80 percent of the cost was covered by federal dollars.

Mayor Winnecke and representatives from the City Engineer's Office and American Structurepoint celebrated with a ribbon cutting on the bridge over Pigeon Creek Thursday morning.

"What makes this a complete street, it's really designed for bicyclists, designed for pedestrians, and of course for motorists," says Winnecke. "Could not be more pleased with the way it looks and the way it's turned out. It will ease a great deal of traffic in the city. It's a major north-south artery through our community and I'm really confident and trust that the inconvenience of the last year will pay off."

President of the Oak Hill Road Neighborhood Association, Susan Harp, plans for the road began back in 1999 with former Mayor Russ Lloyd. 

She says although the construction might be done neighbors still have some concerns. 

"The EPD has been marvelous because they have been out here for the safety of the construction crew," says Harp. "They've written a lot of tickets, sad to say, some of them have been neighbors that live in the area. But it was 20 mph speed zone, so it was kind of a hard thing to maintain. But now that it's 35 I can visualize people going 50. But be rest assured that there will be some EPD out here waiting for you to pass by."

With this newly paved road you might find yourself flying down it but be careful. The Evansville Police Department tells us they will be patrolling the area and the speed limit is 35 mph.

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