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Dougherty commissioner talks interchange impact

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A $12.5 million road construction project now underway in Albany is expected to create traffic jams for the next two-and-a-half to three-years.

Work started on the Department of Transportation's project on the Jefferson Street interchange at the U-S 19 bypass.

City and county commissioners will host a public meeting to answer questions about the improvements and what impact they'll have on our community.

"It's a very extensive project with major realignment of that intersection," said Dougherty County Commissioner Ewell Lyle. "And the businesses, especially that area along Philema Road and Jefferson are concerned. Some people said 'I really won't have customers for the next two and a half years.'  Well, that's really not true."

Lyle says the project is the biggest the area has seen in the last decade and will greatly improve safety.

The public hearing will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday evening at the government center.

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