SPOKANE, Wash. -- A new road in Spokane could help save lives and property. That is what the city is saying after they finished Barnes Road by the Five Mile Prairie neighborhood.

The city recently completed the Barnes Road extension. It connects Indian Trail and Five Mile neighborhoods starting at Phoebe Street to its intersection with Strong Road.

It gives people who live in the area an alternate and faster way in and out of the area.

But more importantly, the city says it will cut down on the time takes emergency crews to respond to calls in the Five Mile neighborhoods.

The city says before the firefighters stationed at the bottom of the hill took Indian Trail and Francis to get to calls in Five Mile. It took them almost 10 minutes. Now they can drive right up the hill on Barnes Road and that would take less than five minutes.