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April 22, 2008

Valdosta - A major project that could alleviate traffic trouble in Valdosta is step closer to getting started.

The General Assembly approved giving one million dollars for the St. Augustine Road Switchyard project.

It would help pay for the $3-million project to move the railroad switchyard from busy St. Augustine Road to a less populated location on the east side of the city.

City leaders say it's a top priority since the train situation likely will only get worse as gas prices continue to climb.

"As recently as a week ago we had 23 trains in one day that blocked a crossing in the city of Valdosta. The same crossing so it's not just a once or twice a day occasion and its only going to get worse," says City Manager Larry Hanson

Governor Sonny Perdue has 30 days to sign or veto the bill that includes the money for the project.

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