The city of Gahanna will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, to kick off the construction of the Tech Center Drive extension at South Hamilton Road and Pizzurro Park.

The city of Gahanna will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, to kick off the construction of the Tech Center Drive extension at South Hamilton Road and Pizzurro Park.

Local and regional government and business leaders will make comments about the immediate and potential economic impact of the project, followed by a ceremonial groundbreaking.

This project will connect the Hamilton Road and I-270 interchange with Gahanna's industrial and commerce area.

"This project will provide access to hundreds of acres prime land for new development and has been in the planning phases for years," Anthony Jones, Gahanna's deputy director of planning and development, said in a press release. "Only through the cooperation of local, state and federal agencies have the funding of this project become possible."

The total project construction cost is $6,997,560. The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission's attributable federal funds total $5,194,588, according to the city's release. Gahanna's contribution for this work was $1,802,972.00. The total cost for design and environmental work was $1,002,678.22.