It seemed like a long time coming, but the reconstructed section of Nichols Road between the Expressway and Osage Beach Parkway is open.

It seemed like a long time coming, but the reconstructed section of Nichols Road between the Expressway and Osage Beach Parkway is open.

City and Lake Regional Health Systems officials along with representatives from KP Miller Surveying, general contractor Stockman Construction and design engineer HR Green were on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday afternoon. Lake Regional and the city partnered in the project which included a new entrance to the hospital's emergency department and medical campus, and a parkway design to accommodate increased traffic flow between the Expressway and the Parkway.

Estimated cost was $1.7 million. Mayor John Olivarri called the project a major asset to the community.