Eastside Connector's economic impact

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A major roadway connector is in the works for the east Montgomery. Not only will it free up some traffic congestion off Taylor Road, but be a route for big business. The roadway could potentially bring new jobs to the area, as well as help small businesses and those out of work.

Less traffic headaches and a big business boost is what the chamber of commerce says this eastside connector means for the city of Montgomery.

"Better access, better traffic flow and it's also a safety issue, there is a lot of congestion right now," Montgomery Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President Anna Buckalew said.

This eastside connector will run from Taylor road to Ray Thorington Road opening up land that's been available but not accessible.

"This new road is a big development for Montgomery. It's going to mean new jobs. It's going to open up development opportunities. It's going to create more businesses, bring more customers to the businesses that are already there. It's allowing us to build a new high school that's desperately needed," Buckalew said.

That new east side high school will be located directly behind the Hampstead development off Taylor road. This connector stretches about 3 miles and will run right alongside the Hampstead Development, a growing area that's expected to get a bigger boost.

"7,000 new homes and residences in that area so it's really a big project for the future of Montgomery," Buckalew said.

The Chamber of Commerce says just what business will surround this connector will be left up to the city planning department.

"We have a lot of small businesses in that area right now and they're going to be glad to see that traffic," Buckalew said.

This connector is expected to be complete sometime next year.

East side high school is expected to be open for the 2013 school year.

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