CASS COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - It has been a long road, but that road is now near completion.
"The planning began probably in the late 1970's," said Hoosier Heartland Highway Association President Tom Weatherwax. "This is the final link. So, we're excited about that."
Sections of the Hoosier Heartland will begin opening September 15.
Weatherwax said while many thought this day would never come, it actually came sooner than expected.
"It wasn't really going to be until 2018," said Weatherwax. "So now, because of a lot of extra effort, it's this year. So, we're really excited about that. We believe this will be the future for a lot of our growth economically."
Weatherwax said that economic growth can begin once the first section opens on that September 15 deadline.
"It'll be open between Clymers and Burrows, and then of course there's some segments down by Delphi that we have to finalize," said Weatherwax.
It's a small part of the total $422 million dollar project, but a small part Weatherwax said will change how we do business.
"We're going to see, I think, some very exciting economic development," said Weatherwax. "So, there's a lot of exciting things happening with people now looking at us in a way they never have."
Weatherwax said the entire project is set to be completed on October 24. A ribbon cutting is scheduled to take place at Ivy Tech in Logansport that morning.
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