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Traffic changes underway during Phoebe's final construction phase

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April 14, 2008

Albany -- Beginning Sunday, April 13, and until construction is complete, you can only enter Phoebe Putney's main entrance via Jefferson Street. Wilson Way is now just a one way street feeding traffic into Second Avenue. Why the changes? It's because of the construction on Medical Tower 2, which will soon become Phoebe's premier Cancer Treatment Center.

"Medical Tower 2, its main focus is to handle the rapid and continued growth of the Oncology Program here at Phoebe Putney," said Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital  Vice President of Hospital Operations John A. Fischer.

The $46 million project began in mid-July and is expected to be complete by late December.  The five story, 168-thousand square foot facility is proposed to bring one of the most advanced cancer treatment centers to the region.

"Because of the sophistication of technology, of the physicians, and of the nurses and therapists - the citizens we citizens we serve are wanting to come more to a local facility close to home. A place where they can have their family support groups involved with them versus having to go to Atlanta or to Orlando," said Fischer.

And as the facility grows, officials say, so will its economic impact.

Fischer said, "As you look at it then continuing to grow, you look at the ability for having this technology to attract more physicians, young men and women that are coming out of Darton College and Albany Tech that want to have the ability to be involved in health care here where they've grown up. They have the ability to work on the best equipment."

As far as traffic changes go, Wilson Way will remain one way until the beginning of 2009 when construction is expected to wrap up. The cross walk connecting Second Avenue to Wilson Way close along with the lobby area of Medical Tower 1. 

A new walk way will be built connecting Second Avenue to Wilson Way. Albany Police will also be on site directing traffic. Second Avenue will remain open to regular traffic.

Construction officials have said the sky walk bridge, which will connect the parking deck to Medical Tower 2, will be complete by October at the latest. 

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