By: Mike Springer
April 18, 2013
Tallahassee, FL-Mahan Drive is open for business.
Officials with the Florida Department of Transportation, Leon County and the City of Tallahassee unveiled the newly expanded roadway Thursday morning.
Mahan Drive between Dempsey Mayo Road and Apex Drive was widened from two lanes to four. Improved drainage, signal modifications and pavement striping were also part of the project.
The 3.8 mile project took cost nearly $20 million dollars and more than 3 years to finish.
Leon County Commissioner Nick Maddox says the new roadway will be an economic boost for the City and County.
"We've got an amazing road but along with this road comes economic development. We've already put in place a nose of commercial growth on Edenfield, Thorton and Dempsey Mayo Road where eventually businesses will come," said Maddox.
Neither the City or County could provide figures at the time for how much economic growth they actually expect the improvements to the road to bring in.
But Mahan is becoming a major roadway into the City.
The Florida Department of Transportation estimates by 2028 more than 30,000 cars will travel along the road every day