WEBB CITY, MO.--- Cardinal Scale is one of Webb City's largest businesses, and it's located near the North side of town.
"Most of the trucks that come in with our raw materials, they come in 1 or 2 routes, through Carterville or often they will come down Main Street in Webb City, which is kind of a crowded way of coming down the street," states Chuck Pittman, Cardinal Scale Truck Fleet Manager.
Their trucks will soon have a new route, that could make deliveries run more smoothly. Construction crews are nearly finished with work on Gene Hattfield Drive. It's a new access road into Northern Webb City.
"It's from East Road to North Main street in Webb City or D Highway. So it's about 3,000 feet," states Pittman.
A project Mayor Biggs says will impact many drivers on their daily commutes.
"This will get them off of Main Street in Webb City. There are times in the morning where you can see from Dorghty Street all the way North, and it's just a solid line of cars," states John Biggs, Webb City Mayor.
More cars using Gene Hatfield will have a trickle down affect for businesses like Cardinal Scale.
"It's definitely going to take some of the pressure off Main Street. Some of those turns are really tight on Main Street and this will be something to keep those flatbed trucks and 18-wheelers off old Main Street," states Mayor Biggs.
The $230,000 project was mostly paid for by Jasper County. The Environmental Protection Agency also helped by building a road bed for the pavement.
"The effort was a joint effort between the DNR, the EPA had their hands in it, Carterville did, Webb City, and Jasper County ultimately paid for the road," states Mayor Biggs.
City and county officials have been working for nearly 2 years towards building this road, which they say will be instrumental in bringing new businesses to the area.
"The city itself, now owns about 300 acres that can be developed. So we are in a position to make some good deals to the right developer," states Mayor Biggs.
The new road is named after a well known Webb City gravel plant owner. Gene Hatfield Drive is expected to officially open by the end of the week.