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Amy Pierson, left, and Ken Mausolf ride in a convertible car Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, near Key Largo, Fla., on the southern portion of the 18-Mile Stretch, a facet of U.S. Highway 1 that connects South Florida with the Florida Keys. Wednesday, Florida Department of Transportation officials marked the completion of the almost seven-year, $330 million construction project that provides a safer drive to and from the Keys. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)