Pecue Lane drivers have a direct connection to Jefferson Highway with the opening of the new Stumberg Lane extension.

The $9.5 million project has been in the works for 2½ years. The money came from a tax that Baton Rouge residents pay for roads as part of the city-parish’s Green Light Plan.

The city-parish has been working on Stumberg Lane for several years, and the extension is the second half of a project that was larger in scope. The goal has been to create a better north-south connection between Perkins Road and Coursey Boulevard by linking Pecue Lane, Airline Highway and Jefferson Highway.

The first part of the project was completed in 2012 and tied Pecue Lane to Airline Highway. The second part takes the connection a step further, by joining Stumberg Lane to Jefferson Highway.

The work also included building a bridge over Claycut Bayou and widening Jefferson Highway.

Woman’s Hospital, off Stumberg Lane, also received a roundabout as part of the road improvements to give drivers easier access to the hospital.

“This essential connection provides a more comprehensive access route to Woman’s Hospital and an alternative route to allow for city-parish residents to experience convenient travel, no matter their destination,” Mayor-President Kip Holden said in a news release.

A ribbon-cutting was Oct. 29 at the intersection of the Stumberg Lane extension and the hospital roundabout.