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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard is pushing for a project to widen Highway 133 to be put back on the priority list for the Department of Transportation.

Sinyard says the project was taken off the list by the state last year, even though $10 million in tax money have already been spent on engineering and environmental work for the project.

He says state leaders need to place it back on the list so the project, estimated to cost between $250 million and $350 million will be eligible for federal stimulus money.

"It's important for our kids future and for our economy," said Sinyard. "This is an economic corridor. It's very important to the Marine base. It's very important to BRAC. It's very important to other businesses located on this road. Having a four lane like that brings up all kinds of potential possibilities. It makes a huge difference in our economic vitality in Southwest Georgia."

Sinyard proposes completing the project section by section and says several segments are close to being shovel ready.

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