Last Part Of 385 Opens Friday

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(Collierville, TN) Big news for drivers who live in the suburbs and come into town for work, the final leg of Highway 385 opens at 4 p.m on Friday.

It’s a project that took almost 5 years.

The section of 385 now open is expected to shave-off around 20 minutes from people's drive times if they are heading from Collierville to Arlington.

It’s also expected to relieve congestion on I-40 and 240.

The final section of 385 is the last piece of the highway connecting Millington to Collierville.

The work on building the whole loop started in 1979.

The last section connecting Arlington and Collierville is 8 miles of the 55 mile highway and is named after former Tennessee Governor Winfield Dunn.

Friday, at a ribbon cutting ceremony, Dunn called it a "beautiful piece of property.”

“I am so impressed with the way it's been landscaped and laid out and to have my name attached to it, is just more than I deserve,” said Dunn.

The new stretch of highway that runs right where Shelby County and Fayette County meet, cost TDOT around $70 million to build.

TDOT says the whole 385 project has cost $500 million dollars, used 750,000 tons of asphalt and 25 million pounds of steal.

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