Westover connector construction won't start until 2018
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
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.