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Albany bus terminal passes another hurdle

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A controversial and long-awaited downtown Albany construction project passes another hurdle.

Federal transportation officials finished an environmental impact study for the multi-modal bus terminal and signed off on the project.

The city has been working on plans to build the new bus terminal behind the courthouse on Roosevelt Avenue since 1998.

The site now must be checked by an archeologist for artifacts from the Creek Indian Nation.

Albany Transit Interim Director David Hamilton said "We have to come in with what they call ground penetrating radar. To look for old Indian artifacts, weapons, hopefully not any burial sites or things of that nature."

If the site passes that archeological study, the city hopes to begin architecture and engineering work on the 9 million dollar bus terminal in 2013, shooting for an opening in 2014. Some critics don't want the bus station moved from it's current location.

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