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GSP urges drivers to slow down through Bypass construction

Construction underway at the Jefferson St. exit in Albany. Construction underway at the Jefferson St. exit in Albany.
GSP patch on the sleeve of trooper Daniel joiner. GSP patch on the sleeve of trooper Daniel joiner.
Construction workers working on the new Jefferson St. exit in Albany. Construction workers working on the new Jefferson St. exit in Albany.
Construction underway on the Jefferson St. exit in Albany. Construction underway on the Jefferson St. exit in Albany.
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The speed limit on the Liberty Expressway near the Jefferson Street exit in Albany has recently been reduced to 55 miles per hour due to construction, but many drivers aren't slowing down.

"Just slow down. You know, it's only two miles," said trooper Daniel Joiner of the Georgia State Patrol. "It's not going to effect your commute at all. Just slow down for those two miles."

The construction zone begins just west of the Jefferson St. exit and ends at the Flint River Bridge.

Joiner said for the safety of the construction workers, and to avoid a costly fine, it's never a good idea to speed through a construction zone.

"Anytime you get caught speeding through any construction zone, the fines are doubled by the courts," said Joiner.

He said the Albany post of the Georgia State Patrol is currently understaffed, so having an officer patrol the construction every day may not happen, but they will be out there as often as possible.

The Albany Police Department and Dougherty County police will also be setting up at various points in the construction zone. Joiner says this will allow officers to have a bigger presence along the two-mile stretch, which will hopefully remind people to slow down. 

Construction is expected to last for the next two years.

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