The final section of the new Illinois 255 in Godfrey opened Wednesday.
The last section of the new road spans from Humbert Road to Illinois 111 in Godfrey and includes new, four-lane asphalt with an interchange at Illinois 111.
"We are thrilled to open the final section of Illinois 255 to traffic, and are pleased with the logistical benefits this massive project provides to regional motorists and businesses," Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider said.
Last month, Gov. Pat Quinn, Schneider and other state and local officials announced the completion of the first section of the Illinois 255 project. The overall project extends Illinois 255 from Seminary Road to U.S. Route 67 in Godfrey and is projected to have an average of 11,000 travelers daily.
The $22 million project includes $4.4 million from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital program and $17.6 million from the Federal Highway Administration. The project created or supported 285 jobs.
"Everyone is excited about this segment opening," said Monica Bristow, president of the RiverBend Growth Association. "We've watched the progress for years and we're glad to see its completion."