BOWMANSTOWN, Pa. - Officials in a Carbon County borough cut the ribbon Sunday on a new road they say will make the community safer by providing a quicker connection to emergency services.

Bowmanstown officials celebrated the completion of the Lime Street extension. The new road connects the upper and lower ends of the borough, providing a straight shot for the fire company to get to calls.

"It boils down to, this is a safety thing. So this is 40 years in the making," Bowmanstown Mayor Zach Snyder said. "For the fire company right down here to respond to an accident or fire right up the hill here, they have to to drive all the way to the edge of town."

The mayor says the new road will cut response times by 5-6 minutes.

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