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New boat ramp for Lee County

By Ben Roberts - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Tuesday night, Lee County Commissioners approved a plan to let the Department of Natural Resources build a boat ramp on the Kinchafoonee Creek next to the U.S. Highway 19 bridge.

Some people who live nearby say the area is already congested. There have been 54 traffic crashes on Highway 19 near the bridge this year. They worry a boat ramp will make it more dangerous. "Our biggest concern is traffic congestion in that area already, and people not knowing the creek and loading big boats. The creek's not wide enough for a boat ramp and current is too swift for a boat ramp there," said Don Windham.

Most commissioners say the positives outweigh the negatives.  Commissioner Rick Muggridge said, "The state of Georgia recognizes the value of recreation. I recognize the issues with traffic, but I believe that it will be great for the citizens of Lee County to have access to the creek they own."

The DNR plans to build the ramp and park in 2011.

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