LELAND, NC (WECT) - A long awaited road connecting two large neighborhoods in Leland officially opened for traffic Friday.
Residents and elected officials gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Mallory Creek Drive extension. The extended road connects the two sprawling neighborhoods of Mallory Creek Plantation and Brunswick Forest.
Traffic will now be able to avoid the congested Hwy. 17 in Brunswick County. The road is essentially a shortcut between Hwys. 17 and 133.
It could also potentially improve response time for emergency vehicles serving south Leland.
Leland Mayor Brenda Bozeman stressed the new road will improve public safety on the roadways as the Leland area continues to grow.
"I hope you will enjoy the road. Thank you for your patience," Mayor Pro Tem Pat Batleman said. "I hope in the future we will be able to do more projects like this to keep Leland moving forward, as we are continuing to grow at a rapid pace."
The opening of the road has been delayed several times due to construction setbacks and weather.