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A new sidewalk runs parallel to Rocky Ford Road in Columbus, Ind., Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The road was opened to traffic the day before Thanksgiving. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

Construction work on Rocky Ford Road has been completed, bringing a sense of relief and satisfaction for residents in the area who have coped with disruption for nearly two years.

The $6.3 million project stretching between Taylor and Talley roads on the north side of Columbus opened to traffic the day before Thanksgiving, said Dave Hayward, executive director of public works/city engineer.

Residents said they were thankful of that, with Hayward saying he appreciated the public’s patience as the final section of improvements on the former county road took shape.

Work on Rocky Ford Road between Taylor and Talley roads had been under construction since February 2016. The completed project resulted in three lanes for vehicular traffic, bicycle lanes and new curbs, gutters, storm sewers and sidewalks for the area.

Several pedestrian crosswalks, including one with flashing lights to alert drivers near Par 3 Drive and Highview Way, have been installed as well.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or mkent@therepublic.com