The new Lake Andrew Drive extension from Judge Fran Jamieson Way to Viera Boulevard is a reality.

The 1.1-mile segment of the roadway opened Dec. 21. And there is more to come — roadway, development and business to Viera.

The new two-lane, divided roadway, with a traffic circle, is the first segment of what will eventually allow motorists to travel from the west side of Interstate 95 to Viera Boulevard.

“The next segment for Lake Andrew Drive is the connection down to Pineda,” said Todd Pokrywa, president of The Viera Company. “And that will happen during the first quarter of the next calendar year. So, by the March time frame, we’re looking at opening that connection to Pineda. A resident or visitor to Viera will be able to travel the entire length of Lake Andrew Drive from Viera Boulevard to Pineda on the west side of the interstate.”

The already opened segment, just off Interstate 95, is in a highly visible and well-traveled area, which will be attractive to businesses because of its access and connectivity.

The new $8 million roadway is a major step in the continued development of The Viera Company’s newest venture — Borrows West, that will offer space for professional, medical, shopping, entertainment and apartments.

“It is significant because it opens up a mixed-use hub,” Pokrywa said. “There is really no better place in Brevard County for accessibility. It will also serve to relieve some of the traffic from Stadium Parkway.

The Borrows West development, a 115-acre project, will feature walking trails, a linear park and a 30-acre lake.

Pokrywa said the lake will be a centerpiece for Borrows West, with walkways around it and restaurants with outdoor seating fronting it.

The Viera Company has been in conversation with corporate office users and hoteliers that are interested in the development and growth in the area.

“This is a tremendous step forward,” Pokrywa said.

Chick-fil-A and The Blake at Viera, an assisted living and memory care facility, are among the first that are already under construction with other businesses in the planning stages.

The recently opened roadway is part of about $200 million in road construction that the Viera Company has funded since 1989.