New Albany City Council on May 17 agreed to allow city manager Joseph Stefanov to advertise bids for the extension project of Souder Road East. The road is being extended 700 feet north.

New Albany City Council on May 17 agreed to allow city manager Joseph Stefanov to advertise bids for the extension project of Souder Road East. The road is being extended 700 feet north.

The project is expected to have two phases. The first phase will extend the road 400 feet north, ending it in the shape of a "T," with a temporary easement from the surrounding property owners for a turn-around for emergency vehicles and city crews removing snow. Utility extensions are included in the project.

Stefanov told council that the project initially was estimated to cost $2 million but the cost has been cut in half. He said the city has determined it does not have to extend the water line on state Route 605 between Central College Road and New Albany Road East until more development occurs in the area, which will save $1 million.

By extending the road, the city would be able "to serve the additional undeveloped acreage within this area of the research and information campus," which includes about 75 acres open to development, according to city staff reports.

Lori Wince