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Valdosta switchyard funding vetoed

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May 22, 2008

Valdosta - A line item veto on the state budget canceled $1 million for a major project to reduce traffic congestion in Valdosta.

The money would have paid to move the city's Railroad switchyard from the busy St. Augustine Road area to the east end of the county.

City leaders will now begin searching for grants and other funding to help get the project underway.

"This opportunity will not only be in the coming years to alleviate the blockage of 10's of thousands of cars a day but it will show an opportunity to increase the logistics of truck and train traffic and get it out of the city," says Mayor John Fretti.

They still hope to begin the switch yard project by this time next year.