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Lee Countians voice concerns about new bypass

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LEESBURG, GA (WALB) – Some angry Lee Countians voiced their concerns about a proposed Leesburg bypass.

It would be just north of the city limits and connect highway 195 to US 19.

At an open house Thursday evening, The Department of Transportation told residents the new road will ease traffic congestion in Leesburg.

Teri Austin's house is close to the road. She doesn't support it the project.

"I don't really see it getting a lot of use, now you're going to have tractor trailer rigs coming through here, I'm not really happy about that. We moved here 15 years ago and we bought out here because it was in the country," said Teri Austin, Lee County Resident.

"People know more about the community, for example if there is an open lot on one side why not shift the road so it doesn't impact the front of that property," said Douglas Fadool, Georgia DOT Project Manager

The earliest the DOT expects construction to begin is September 2012.

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