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ALBANY (WALB) - You may have noticed construction on four new welcome signs in Albany.

The group in charge of the gateway project says spruced up entrances will help the city and is not wasteful spending.

Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful applied for a $900,000 beautification project grant in 2005.

The Department of Transportation gave KADB more than $300,000 which must be spent soon or the money will go to another city.

Officials say the welcome signs will make a good first impression on visitors.

"The $372,800 we got because we applied for this grant. You have 30 seconds to make an impression on someone new and that impression stays with them forever." said Keep Albany/Dougherty Beautiful Exec. Director Judy Bowles.

The signs and the landscaping around them should be finished by the end of December.

The city will pay about 20% of the project and must maintain the areas once the work is done.

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