A new road opening in Texarkana, Texas has city leaders excited about the opportunity for economic growth.
While leaders hope the partnership with local developers will pay dividends in the future, citizens say they are already benefiting from the investment.
The road is meant to relieve long lines of traffic on Richmond Road just north of Interstate 30.
“I'm super happy I just turned around on Richmond Road because it so backed up everybody really need to be using this it will really help relieve some of that congestion,” said motorist Mindie Fenton.
The road called Pavilion North will be a part of the Pavilion Parkway. The half mile road officially opened Thursday.
Texarkana Texas Mayor Bob Bruggeman said the project was funded by a group of investors for future economic development in the area.
“There are approximately 70 acres of prime retail space that is available, as for as land development, and this is in close proximity of the pavilion parkway where we have had some tremendous commercial growth over the past several years,” Bruggeman said.
But until future development occurs, most people say they are just happy about the little relief Pavilion North will provide.
“I think this is a great thing, and I live in Wake Village and I think it is fantastic. This is what Texarkana has been needing for a long time.”
Mayor Bruggeman said the private investors will be reimbursed by the city as property around the new road is developed.