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Road expansion set for Valdosta

May 31, 2006
by Alicia Eakin   

Valdosta --  Work is underway in Valdosta to ensure the city grows to meet the demands of it current residents and residents as far as twenty years in the future.  

Negotiations are underway concerning a major construction plan that will run through Valdosta. The project will extend the road to five lanes from five points to the curve at Cherry Creek Road, four lanes to Bemiss Road, and three lanes to Forrest Street.

At a recent concept meeting, The Georgia Department of Transportation told city officials they would like the entire length of the project be five lanes, a move that would be very costly.

By adding a fifth lane to the whole plan, many utilities would have to be moved, putting a greater stress on local residents.  "The four lane road will fit within existing right of way, where no one's property would have to be required and the utilities don't have to be relocated. It seems to make good sense," said City Engineer Von Shipman.

Shipman hopes to begin the expansion in 2008 to coincide with the Staten Bridge Rebuilding Project, a project that will bring more congestion to the area.

The D.O.T. has slated construction for 2012. "We want the D.O.T. and the county to all sit down and talk about this project and hopefully we can come to an agreement that will be in everyone's best interest," said Shipman.

Officials will be holding Public Meetings and are encouraging the community to come voice any concerns.

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