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HAHIRA, GA (WALB) -

Planning for a new interchange along interstate 75 near Hahira is now in the final stages. It's something Hahira's city manager Jonathan Sumner said has been a long time coming.

"The process for enlarging the interchange at exit 29 has been several years in the making," Sumner said.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is taking public comments on the plan until November 15th. Sumner said the last time the Department of Transportation took public comments on the plan was back in 2006.

He said the Department of Transportation listened to the public's comments and changed the original plan, ultimately coming up with the current version of the plan. This plan, Sumner believes, is much better than the original.

"The existing bridge will be replaced by a new interchange and we'll have a compressed diamond that folks will have access to the city and the northern part of the county," said Sumner.

Sumner said the new interchange will include a bigger bridge as well as multiple access roads.

"We have a 4 or...4, or I guess 5 lanes that eventually will be put over the interstate and a relocated access road on either side," Sumner said.

When it is all said and done, the new interchange will have cost more than $50 million dollars.

While that may seem like a lot, Sumner said he welcomes the state and federal government's investment in responding to this growing south Georgia community.

"We of course welcome the state's investment and the federal government's investment in helping us to respond to the growth as it comes, inevitably, to Hahira," Sumner said.

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