KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Phase two of the Steptoe Street extension is now open to drivers.
The project is a partnership between the cities of Kennewick and Richland.
It's the second of three phases that extends Steptoe Street from Center Parkway to 4th Avenue.
The new roadway includes an underpass beneath railroad tracks and a new traffic light at the Clearwater Avenue intersection.
At the ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning, many local officials showed their support for the project. Representatives from Kennewick, Richland, the Department of Transportation, Burlington Northern Santa Fe and several contractors attended the event.
Kennewick Mayor Steve Young said the new road is more than just convenient for drivers.
"It means growth in business, growth in development, this area out here's been waiting a long time to be developed and this therefore will allow that development to be expedited," Young said.
Phase three will extend the project to 10th Avenue at Hildebrand creating a loop all the way to Highway 395.
The entire Steptoe Street extension project is expected to be finished by end of 2014.