STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- A new road in Staunton is now open providing a gateway to a neighborhood that once was isolated.
Neighbors said Business Way, which connects Middlebrook and Montgomery Avenues, will save them time, headaches and even maybe their lives.
"We've waited 31 years for this," said Jackie Robinson, who lives on Montgomery Avenue.
For years, Robinson and her neighbors lived isolated at the end of Montgomery Avenue, which only had one way in and one way out.
The main problem with that is due to the railroad tracks. When a train came, there was no other way for cars to get in or out of one side of Montgomery Avenue.
"The traffic was just lined up on Stuart Street, back up here to Montgomery Avenue. Everything was delayed," said Robinson.
Robinson shared the story of a time the train had broken down on the tracks, blocking the road.
"You were at their mercy," said Robinson.
But now there is literally another way. Although Business Way is more than just another route to Montgomery Hall Park.
"We definitely needed it," said Andy Barbour, who also lives on Montgomery Avenue, "You definitely need your fire trucks, your ambulances to get through. That helps a whole lot. We've got elderly people at the top of the hill. You've got to look out for them."
Robinson said it also helps the flow of traffic for the park, especially with all the baseball games this time of year.
"It's a wonderful thing. I think this is the best thing that City Council has ever agreed on," said Robinson.
The city officially opened the road Thursday.
It cost the city and VDOT a combined total of $740,600 to build and it was worth every penny to those who live there.
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