ARDMORE, Okla. (KTEN)-- A big change is coming to Ardmore after the city accepted a bid to add a new road connecting Merrick Circle to Kiowa Street. Officials say that this new road is part of a bigger plan to create an easier flow of traffic surrounding 12th Street after experiments found that traffic around the area was heavily congested at certain times of the day.

"We needed to improve the infrastructure, and one of the first things that we wanted to do to improve that infrastructure is to build new roadways," said  City Engineer Josh Randell.

Schiralli Construction was tapped to create a road stretching from Merrick Circle to 12th Street by way of Kiowa Street. The price tag for the project is projected to be $1.6 million.

"We want to have people that can get in and out of the shopping center quickly and safely, and so these are all upgrades to the traffic flow around that area to try to make that possible," said City Manager Kevin Boatright.

Boatright hopes to have this road completed before the summer of 2024. After completion, the project will move on to the next two phases, which include adding a stoplight at the intersection of Kiowa and 12th. All three phases are projected to be completed within the next three years.