The new section of Edwards Mill Road will link Glenwood Avenue to Wade Avenue. The construction should help relieve traffic trouble in northwest Raleigh, especially during big events.
Officials said the 1.2-mile project, which was started in April 2001, cost about $6.7 million. The new roadway is opening on Saturday, but officials said it is the weekday commuters who should benefit the most from the new road.
The Edwards Mill Extension gives drivers in northwest Raleigh, and the Crabtree Valley Mall area a direct route to Wade Avenue and Interstate 40. It also gives drivers another desperately needed option to the RBC Center and the state fairgrounds.
The new roadway also offers bike lanes on both sides of the road and a pedestrian underpass. The first big test for the roadway could come Sunday, when the Carolina Hurricanes play the Dallas Stars at the RBC Center.
The road was originally scheduled to open in late October.
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