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Will Hwy 133 make the cut?

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A project to widen highway 133 may end up back on the table for the Department of Transportation. Last year, the project, estimated to cost up to $350 Million, was stopped near the end of engineering and environmental assessments.

Now, the interim DOT director is putting that part of the project back on schedule. Once that's complete, right of way acquisition can begin. That makes the project closer to being shovel ready and could make it eligible for federal stimulus money.

"Southwest Georgia needs buy-in for this particular corridor. We know for a fact that it will make a difference in jobs. We know for a fact it will retain jobs and we know for a fact it can open up some markets that aren't open for us," said Dougherty County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard. 

Sinyard says while he recognizes the entire project won't get the green light... it may be broken into segments for approval. He plans to push for the first segment on the list to be in Dougherty and Worth Counties.

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