The half-mile stretch extends Crossroads Parkway all the way down to Calvin Edney Road. The new road will make it easier to reroute traffic from the Mars Hill exit up to the next exit for Burnsville if a detour is needed on Interstate 26.
“It provides a direct access from Exit 9 to Exit 11,” NCDOT engineer Chris Deyton said. “It also opens up an economic, possible advancement for the area. It’s allowing the town to extend water and sewer along that roadway to be able to reach some of that roadway that hadn’t been served before.”
The project, which cost about $2.5 million, was part of Gov. Roy Cooper’s “Hometown Strong” initiative that was announced in 2018.
Drivers can now use a new stretch of road near Mars Hill in Madison County.
The new road could also help attract new businesses.