(News/Talk 1480 WHBC) – An extension of Strip Avenue NW in Jackson Township is now open to traffic.

Officials are hoping the new section, from Applegrove Street NW to Eagle Circle NW, will open the area for more development.

The extension also gives people another way to get to The Strip and Belden Village shopping areas.

And officials say the extension will also help the traffic flow on Portage Street, Frank Avenue and other streets in the area.