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Westover connector construction won't start until 2018

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Ledo Road, home to Wal-Mart and other shopping centers, is getting busier.  

"Ledo road is the primary road and if you ride that road it is pass capacity, we've done a lot of peace mill things to add extra lanes and make it work better, but frankly it is completely over loaded" said Wes Smith, Assistant City Manager.  

To get from Ledo to the Albany Mall and busy Westover Boulevard, most drivers go down Nottingham Way. 

A new road could change that. The Westover connector will start on Westover Blvd behind the mall, connecting to Ledo Road making motorist travels a little bit safer.  

"Well if anything it will prevent more accidents, I'm all for extending the options for drivers, so that there is not as much traffic congestion" said Sonya Hill, motorist.  

Sonya Hill is used to being caught up in the traffic.   "It can be at times traffic backed up especially around 5 PM, 5:30 PM, it's really bad," said Hill.  

With the new Gander Mountain store open on Westover, and the holiday shopping season here, that traffic is getting worse. When voters in our region defeated the T-SPLOST referendum last year. It delayed the Westover project, but it is still in the pipeline.  

"Well with the ease of traffic and people more easily getting into the area I think it will greatly enhance the opportunity at the mall, revenue, Gander Mountain, Wal-Mart, I think all of the commercial activities can really benefit from the ease of traffic movement," said Smith.  

Lee County is moving ahead with their part of the project. The road connecting Ledo Road to Fussell Road could be finished next Spring.The Albany section, going under the bypass, needs millions of dollars from the state. Right now, the state isn't even scheduled to start working on the rights of way until 2018.

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