Work may begin this summer on a new four-lane highway that will go from Highway 58 at Clark Road to the Volkswagen Plant.
The new road will cross the middle of a 52-acre wetland, City Engineer Bill Payne said.
He said the entire wetland will be preserved under a conservation easement. He said the tract includes a number of different type water birds, beavers, deer and other wildlife.
Bids will be open for the project on May 24.
Current estimated cost is approximately $6.5 million.
The project length is 1.360 miles, and the completion time is on or before the end of September next year.