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Valdosta plans for major improvements to roads

By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email

January 28, 2009

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -   At certain parts of the day, Valdosta's roads resemble those of a major city.  When Mayor John Fretti announced his plan to refocus on past initiatives, the city's increase in traffic was part of his reasoning.  

"Valdosta is a hub, so not only do our citizens travel our streets, but those who come to us from other counties" says City Engineer Von Shipman.  "As a metro area, we're feeling in the morning that bit of rush hour."

Over the past year, Valdosta citizens have proposed around sixty transportation projects.  Of the sixty, several have the potential to improve the city's traffic flow.  "One project that's on the master plan is the extension of Woodrow Wilson between Oak Street and Patterson Street, creating, in effect, a new East-West connector," says Shipman. 

Improvements are also needed around Valdosta's Colonial Mall.  City workers hope to provide alternative ways to access the mall that don't require major roads.

City workers say the need for transportation improvements is continually rising.

"We're able to move traffice pretty good in Valdosta, but if we don't start moving on some of these other projects, we will start to see some additional congestion," explains Shipman. 

A special city council workshop will be held in early February to determine which projects will be most beneficial to this developing city.  With expansion comes the ever-growing need for safe and efficient travel.

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