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August 7, 2002

When some Lee Countians need an ambulance, emergency crews have to drive out of their way to help them out. But, the five million dollar East West Connector will cut the response time in half. Much of the preliminary work is done, and in some spots all that's left is to pour the asphalt.

When an ambulance pulls out of the Century Fire Station on U.S. 19 to respond to a call in the Redbone District, they don't have a straight shot. Lee County EMS worker Rick Dooling says, "Time is critical in what we do and there is always that fear in our minds that we might not get their in time to help them."

Their fears could be relieved next year. The East West Connector, between U.S. 19 and Philema Road, will be open. County Administrator Langford Holbrook says, "If you live in South Lee County you either go to Albany or you go to Leesburg to get east or west in the County. We do not have many east west access points."

Work on the East West Connector is well underway, and people driving near the site can see just how far along its come. Holbrook says, "It looks more like a road that's getting ready to be paved." But, paving is not expected until next year. Right now, workers are constructing a bridge to run over the Muckalee Creek. Yet, signs of the future road are evident, and EMS workers are excited. Dooling says, "I think its wonderful, it will cut our response time in half." And, in less that a year and a half, the road should be open for business.

The East West Connector costs five million dollars. The Department of Transportation is paying for 4.5 million dollars of the work.