Veterans Memorial Parkway ramps open after a year of construction

After more than a year of construction, the orange pylons and yellow tape are moving out of the way for drivers along Veterans Memorial Parkway as all on and off ramps to Highway 401 reopen.

The closures were part of a city expansion plan of Wilton Grove Road

This is where the extended Veterans Memorial Parkway will connect with Wilton Grove Road south of Highway 401. The extension is expected to open up the area to expansion. A local dairy farmer calls it an unnecessary "highway to nowhere." (Andrew Lupton/CBC)

The city announced Thursday that eastbound ramps along Veterans Memorial Parkway, part of a new interchange along the road and Highway 401, are now open to road users.

It took a little more than a year of construction for all on and off ramps to open.

The major project included the construction of an extension to Wilton Grove Road in order to improve road access for residents and potential commercial traffic south of the 401.

The $22 million project, with costs split between the province and the city, would add another 800 meters south to Wilton Grove Road.

It would also replace the existing bridge over the highway on it's current alignment and improve ramps, including adding new ones.

Overall, it's set to encourage long-term economic growth in the area, and improve traffic flow.

Londoners can visit the project's website for more information and updates.