ROCKVILLE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The Town of Rockville hosted a ribbon cutting to honor the completion of its Jefferson St. construction on Thursday.

Town Board members, first responders and community members all joined in the special celebration.

Rockville Town Board Executive Officer David Brown said that the road was in dire need of repair. Conversations about fixing the road had been going on for years, but construction got started in the spring.

“Construction started in May and we finished up last week with the blacktopping,” Brown said. “We’re excited to get it open.”

The nearly $1 million construction project for Jefferson St. is part of a much bigger revitalization plan for some downtown roads in Rockville. Brown said that they hope to do similar projects in the area.

“This piece will tie into our North Market, Howard Avenue and 41 Corridor,” Brown said. “Hopefully, we will bid out South Market in January.”

Brown suggested that he’d hope to have construction on S. Market St. completed in 2024.

Ron and Sharon Bryant live just a few blocks away from Jefferson St. and the two joined to celebrate. The Rockville residents said that this is a big improvement for the town.

“If you had seen this before, you’d understand how much of an improvement that this is,” Ron Bryant said.

Although Jefferson St. is just a small stretch of road wedged between State Road 36 and York St. in downtown, Sharon Bryant said she’s happy to not have to detour around the road.

“We will be able to just turn as soon as they get all the cones out of the way,” she said. “I’m really glad that it’s going to be open before the bridge festival.”