Cherokee County motorists will soon have an easier way to access two major thoroughfares.
Northside Cherokee Boulevard will open on Wednesday, Oct. 30, the county government said on Tuesday.
The entire stretch of road will run between S.R. 20/Cumming Highway to S.R. 140/Hickory Flat Highway, and will also provide direct access to the replacement Northside Hospital-Cherokee facility currently under construction.
The Cherokee County government will celebrate the opening with a ribbon cutting, which is set for 10 a.m. Oct. 30.
The four lane road, which is 1.4 miles in length, includes a bridge over Canton Creek and raised medians between the bridge and its intersection with Highway 140.
The first phase of the project, the roughly half-mile section that runs south from Highway 20 to Canton Creek, was completed in 2008 and provides access to Canton Marketplace.
The second phase of the project, which is a joint venture between the city of Canton and the county government, originally had little to no funding until 2011 when the Georgia Department of Transportation agreed to contribute towards the cost of the project.
The city of Canton later signed an agreement allowing the county to manage the second phase, and Northside Hospital eventually agreed to contribute towards the funding.
Construction started in August 2012 on the second phase, which cost $8.1 million. Broken down, the Georgia Department of Transportation provided $4.3 million and the county forked over $1.4 million. Northside Hospital donated $2.4 million towards the cost of the project.