Montgomery County officials Monday celebrated the completion of the $11 million, 1.2-mile extension of Father Hurley Boulevard from Wisteria Drive to Germantown Road – an important north-south link for Germantown communities separated by the CSX railroad tracks from the Town Center and the I-270 employment corridor.

“This extension of Father Hurley Boulevard is a short road with a huge impact on the Germantown community,” said County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) in a prepared statement. “The road is about enhancing the livability of one of our faster-growing communities and providing easier access to jobs, services and programs.”

The extension is a four-lane divided highway that includes a bridge over the CSX tracks. The project also includes an eight-foot wide bikeway along the west side of the road and a five-foot wide sidewalk on the east side. Construction on the project began in January 2010.