Published: Nov 08, 2012 6:41 PM EST
Updated: Nov 08, 2012 6:45 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Metro Extension Project was officially dedicated Thursday.  The road will be officially known as Michael G Rippe Parkway between Six Mile Cypress and U.S. 41.

It's named after a former Department of Transportation Director who was instrumental in securing the permits and funding for the project.

On February 16, 2010, the Lee County Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution supporting the Florida Legislature's action designating State Road 739 / Metro Parkway from Six Mile Cypress Parkway to US 41 as Michael G. Rippe Parkway. The Florida Legislature and Governor Crist approved this legislation in May 2010.

Lee County's resolution proclaimed:"Mike's professional expertise and personal joy in life were taking transportation projects from concept to completion... Mike's perseverance and dedication to delivering transportation improvements to Southwest Florida have touched the lives of residents and visitors to this area, making a real difference to people who travel in Lee County... Mike's charm and enthusiasm persuaded many to follow his lead and demonstrate their love for Lee County through on-going involvement in community projects, causes and events."

Rippe lost his battle with cancer in 2008.

"It's nice that Mike was recognized for all that he did there, and it's great to really see the road, and all his hard work came to fruition," his wife Jacque said.