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Congestion could be eased in Leesburg


May 13, 2008

Albany--  A busy, congested Lee County intersection could soon get an upgrade.

The intersection in front of the courthouse in downtown Leesburg is a headache for drivers during peak hours.

Right now, it's hard to make improvements because of the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks in the intersection. Lee County leaders are working on finding a solution.

"What were trying to do is extend State Route 195 straight forward to U.S. 19 and then extend State Route 32 straight forward to U.S. 19, put traffic lights at both intersections and close the existing intersection," said Lee County Director of Planning and Engineering Bob Alexander.

As a result, there would be two railroad crossings instead of one. Lee County commissioners are considering a $10,000 proposal from Street Smarts to come up with a concept plan for the improvements. They have experience working with railroad companies.