Phase One Extension Of Grande Blvd. Opens

Drivers on Grande Boulevard in Tyler have a change of scenery. Phase One of the Grande extension opened Monday morning.

The section straightens drivers' route from Spring Creek Drive to Sutherland, and Grande now crosses South Broadway several hundred feet south of where drivers are used to.

The signals turned green at around 10:30 a.m. Monday. It's the first in a three stage plan to extend Grande from Highway 155 all the way east to 110, Troup highway.

"As you know there was a very dangerous S curve on Grande Boulevard, and the reason why we wanted to do Phase One first, is because of the number of accidents that had occurred on account of that very dangerous S curve," said contractor project manager Allen Ross.

The full project from Highway 155 to 110 is expected to be complete by late 2008. The older section of Grande will remain open, though drivers are no longer able to turn left, or northbound, onto Broadway.