The ribbon was cut on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 24, to officially open the new Appalachian Parkway in Cleveland.
White County Commission Chair Travis Turner gives thumbs up prior to opening ceremony.
DOT district engineer Brent Cook, standing next to state Sen. Steve Gooch, recognizes all the district DOT employees who were on hand for the opening.
A crowd of about 50 people gathered for the opening of the long awaited Cleveland Bypass, now known as the Appalachian Parkway.
DOT commissioner Russell McMurry speaks to the crowd. In back are, from left, Travis Turner, state Rep. Terry Rogers and state Sen. Steve Gooch.
The unveiling of the Appalachian Parkway sign.
A proud moment for White County Commission chair Travis Turner, left, state Rep. Terry Rogers and state Sen. Steve Gooch.
A caravan drove over the Appalachian Parkway for the first time at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24.
A view from the Appalachian Parkway.
The caravan nears Ga 115 West.
Another view of the Appalachian Parkway.
Cleveland Police Chief John Foster and White County Sheriff Neal Walden led the first cars over the Appalachian Parkway.
Another view.
State Sen. Steve Gooch rode in the back of David Murphy's pick up truck during the caravan ride.
Cars make their way toward the Hope Drive intersection.
At this point on the parkway, cars can either bare right and head to Gainesville, or go left back to downtown Cleveland.

Breaking News: Cleveland bypass now open to traffic

Following a ceremony and ribbon-cutting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, phase 1 of the Cleveland bypass highway was opened to traffic. It also got a new name: Appalachian Parkway.


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