JEFFERSONVILLE, IN. (WDRB) -- It has been slow to develop, but Jeffersonville's mayor says better days are ahead.  Mayor Mike Moore says more businesses are on their way along Veterans Parkway east of I-65 in Southern Indiana.

While Veterans Parkway in Clarksville is filled with restaurants and stores, the Jeffersonville side has been slow to develop.  "One of the reasons why Clarksville was able to get the head start was that their road opened sooner than our side did," explains Jeffersonville Economic Development Director Rob Waiz.

But change is slowly coming to the Jeffersonville side:  "I think the people of Jeffersonville and all of the surrounding areas are going to be pleasantly surprised with what's about to happen over here," says Moore.

A Save A Step store and Marathon gasoline station recently opened.  Moore says there are several projects that are underway with more to come.

BoomBazz Pizza plans to open a store in the now vacant former location of Beef O'Brady's.  Culver's is expected to soon break ground on a new restaurant.

The mayor says plans are to build another small shopping complex in the area.  "There are some lingering details that are out there that are about to happen," says Mayor Moore, "so Jeffersonville may have been a little slow to get started but we are there now."

The mayor says the city is investing in major infrastructure improvements.  Construction will soon begin on a new road.  The city is spending $2.6 million to connect Veterans Parkway with Charlestown/New Albany Road.

"It will allow for more access," says the mayor, "and less congestion; the more ways you can offer the opportunity for better traffic control, the better."

The mayor says once the road is built, he expects to hear from more companies interested in locating in the area.

The new road is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

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