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New tax would help roads

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If Southwest Georgia voters from a 14 county region approve a one cent transportation sales tax in an election later this year, officials estimate it would raise $153 million to be spent on Georgia road and safety improvements.

One of the projects on the final constrained list in Dougherty County for high preference would be the widening of state route 133.

City officials say widening 133 is important to Albany's Marine Base for the shipment of products by truck, and would help in the next Base Realignment hearings.

Another big project would be the Westover Boulevard extension, including an underpass under the Liberty Expressway, to improve traffic safety in Albany's busiest shopping region.

"Albany is a retail hub. So one of the main things is you got to make it safe for the people to get here. If they can drive here, and they can get somewhere they want to go to, they'll come here," said Albany City Engineer Bruce Maples.

Advocates of the transportation one cent sales tax say the money would improve the transportation safety, and bring jobs and economic development to Southwest Georgia.

Voters in the 14 county region will decide if they want the tax increase in an election later this year.

 

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