An extension of Owings Mills Boulevard opened to traffic Monday after two years of construction.
The $14 million project, which is about a mile long and was funded by the county, will extend Owings Mills Boulevard from Lyons Mill Road to Winands Road.
An extension of the road has been in the county's master plan since the 1980s, economic development spokeswoman Fronda Cohen said. The county's public works department has been working with the community and planning the project for the past decade.
In a statement, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said the road would connect business and residential communities while also being "sensitive to the character of the nearby neighborhood." A bike path was incorporated into the project, and the four-lane boulevard was landscaped with more than 2,800 trees and bushes, officials said.
Another extension of Owings Mills Boulevard, to Liberty Road, is scheduled to start being built in 2013. It is expected to open in 2015, Cohen said.