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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Jefferson street is one of the busiest traffic areas in Albany, but construction may soon slow down that traffic. 

Tonight, drivers learned more about the $12.5 million dollar Jefferson Interchange project. 

  "Well we live in the area, and wanted to know exactly how this is going to impact us," said Suzanne Westbrook, concerned citizen.  

"I just needed a general concept of what was going on, there hasn't been an drawings or directions of whatever is going on," said Kenneth Lessard, concerned citizen.    

Tonight GDOT officials and others involved in the project answered questions, hoping to alleviate anxiety of business owners and residents.  

"We really wanted to take the opportunity to get the information out to the public, the motorist going through this area about what is going to be happening," said Kimberly Larson, Communications officer, Georgia Department of Transportation.  

Kenneth Lessard uses the Jefferson ramps frequently and knows traffic can be tricky where drivers merge on and off the Expressway in the same spot.  

"I've driven several million miles probably and I know how to get on and off exits, and we have some drivers in town that doesn't," said Lessard.

He came to tonight's meeting because he heard the ramps will close. 

He learned traffic will continue to flow through the area throughout construction, though there could be some delays and backups.  

"Very informative, I found we have a bunch of knowledgeable people here, we have the experts, they seem to know what they are doing, they seem to have a plan, and will see how it goes," said Lessard.  

GDOT officials say they're glad they were able to educate the public about the changes.  

"I think it was successful, because the people that were concerned with getting through the area showed up tonight, there was some very good questions asked by both business owners and by everyday travelers through the area," said Larson.  

A lot of the citizens who came out tonight say they're more educated about the project.  Now they'll just have to wait for the final product.

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