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Albany multi-modal transportation project hits a bump

By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The city of Albany's plan for a huge multi-modal transportation project has hit a bump in the road.

The city started planning the center about 11-years ago. In 2006, the area between Flint and Roosevelt Avenues at North Washington Street was chosen as the site.

The center will include bus, shuttle and taxi services with possible passenger rail service down the line. The state approved the site after an environmental assessment.

Some property owners challenged that assessment and the city agreed to do another one. It must be finished by March or the project will lose about $4-million in stimulus money.

"If we can't get it done by March, formal approval to proceed by March, the stimulus money will be moved by GDOT to another project. We'll still proceed with phase one of the project, and won't be able to do phase two as part of the package," said Albany Assistant City Manager James Taylor.

Phase two includes retail space at the center. City leaders hope to begin construction by early 2011. They'll have meetings in January for the public to learn about the project and what it would do for the community.

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