Hwy 84 detour puts business through changes - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Hwy 84 detour puts business through changes

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

One of the busiest roads in Valdosta isn't so busy anymore, and it won't be for the next two years.

Drivers traveling on Hill Avenue are now dealing with lane closures and detours because of an overpass construction project. Some business owners wonder how they'll survive through the construction.

Tuesday marked the first day of a two year headache for businesses on Hill Avenue. The construction of the $9 million overpass has owners worried about foot traffic.

"We've got a lot at stake here. We have three businesses that are on Hill Avenue, we have Take Five, Heidi's Brooklyn Deli, Sister's Pizza, so we definitely need people to come out."

Misty Alderman says she hopes today's slow lunch is not an indication that people will avoid Hill Avenue businesses. "We're definitely worried about it and we've been talking to our customers, letting them know don't forget about us, you know we may not be here in two years."

Lane closures have already begun for eastbound drivers heading downtown. Shortly this road will only be open to people accessing homes and businesses on Hill Avenue.

Donnie Wisenbaker has owned this mechanic shop for 20 years on Hill Avenue and says he's scared he won't gain any new customers. "I have learned through the years that people are fickle and if something is easier to get to, that's the way they'll go."

Transportation officials say the overpass is needed to avoid traffic problems when trains pass through town. Hill Avenue business owners just have one message for drivers. "we won't be closed just because the road's closed."

Workers are setting up flashing message boards to give drivers a better understanding of where to go.

The detour begins in downtown Valdosta and takes drivers down Gil Harbin Boulevard and back up St. Augustine Road.

Copyright 2012 WALB.  All rights reserved.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • breaking

    Ashburn house fire ruled arson, person of interest being questioned

    Ashburn house fire ruled arson, person of interest being questioned

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 4:28 PM EST2018-02-20 21:28:01 GMT
    Officials are searching for a person of interest after an Ashburn fire was determined to be arson. (Source: Ashburn Police Department's Facebook page)Officials are searching for a person of interest after an Ashburn fire was determined to be arson. (Source: Ashburn Police Department's Facebook page)

    The state fire marshal has ruled an early Monday morning house fire in Ashburn an arson.

    More >>

    The state fire marshal has ruled an early Monday morning house fire in Ashburn an arson.

    More >>
  • Woman found dead during Albany fire died of natural causes

    Woman found dead during Albany fire died of natural causes

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 3:48 PM EST2018-02-20 20:48:30 GMT
    After an investigation overnight Monday, fire officials have concluded that the woman who was found dead after a house fire in Albany actually died before the fire.  (Source: WALB)After an investigation overnight Monday, fire officials have concluded that the woman who was found dead after a house fire in Albany actually died before the fire.  (Source: WALB)

    After an investigation overnight Monday, fire officials have concluded that the woman who was found dead after a house fire in Albany actually died before the fire. 

    More >>

    After an investigation overnight Monday, fire officials have concluded that the woman who was found dead after a house fire in Albany actually died before the fire. 

    More >>
  • Black History program honors history maker

    Black History program honors history maker

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 11:09 AM EST2018-02-20 16:09:20 GMT

    "I'm always honored but more importantly I'm humbled that folks would honor me for doing the nation's business," said Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers. History-maker Major General Retired Alfred Flowers has been in South Georgia this weekend. 

    More >>

    "I'm always honored but more importantly I'm humbled that folks would honor me for doing the nation's business," said Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers. History-maker Major General Retired Alfred Flowers has been in South Georgia this weekend. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly