If you do any Christmas shopping around the Albany Mall or Walmart on Ledo Road this holiday season, you'll probably be frustrated by traffic.
Westover Boulevard and Ledo Road and the only street that connects them, Nottingham Way, are among the most crowded roads in Albany.
There is a plan to relieve that congestion, but it will be five years before it gets underway.
If voters had approved a regional sales tax for transportation projects last year, construction on a road to connect Westover to Ledo under the Albany bypass would have been put on the fast track.
Since voters said no, the project is now moving slower than a traffic jam.
The project is needed, and we'd like to see the timetable moved up. But that's not likely to happen. You get what you pay for, and this is something southwest Georgia voters didn't want to pay for.