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New construction projects coming to Valdosta in 2014

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Signs and construction barrels along West Central Avenue heading towards the highway 84 overpass in Valdosta Signs and construction barrels along West Central Avenue heading towards the highway 84 overpass in Valdosta
Electronic signs warning drivers of the merging lanes as they enter the construction zone on West Central Avenue heading towards the highway 84 overpass Electronic signs warning drivers of the merging lanes as they enter the construction zone on West Central Avenue heading towards the highway 84 overpass
A detour sign alerting drivers of the traffic detour due to the ongoing  construction of the highway 84 overpass A detour sign alerting drivers of the traffic detour due to the ongoing construction of the highway 84 overpass
The highway 84 overpass under construction on West Central Avenue The highway 84 overpass under construction on West Central Avenue
Jim Martinez Jim Martinez
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

2014 is just hours away, and with the new year comes new construction projects in Valdosta.

City Engineering Project Manager said thanks to SPLOST being passed, the city hopes to be able to continue to fund the projects that it already has planned. That is, provided the mayor and city council approve the projects at their retreat on January 10th.

The projects include putting the final touches on the Williams Street corridor, new sidewalks on Lee and River Street and the re paving of more than a dozen streets.

"Obviously, the Williams Street Corridor, which is about 98% complete...we also have some sidewalk projects along Lee Street...we also have River Street slated for sidewalks, slated for the first quarter of next year," said Jim Martinez, Valdosta's City Engineering Project Manager.

"In 2014, we have about 12-13 roads that we're gonna' resurface; we already have those slated," Martinez continued.

The much anticipated highway 84 overpass is still in the hands of the Department of Transportation, but Martinez said it is coming along nicely.

"That's still a DOT project, and that one's slated to be completed by the end of next year," Martinez pointed out.

The first projects Martinez hopes to get started on in 2014 are the water and sewer extensions to the Betty Joe and Highland Heights areas. 

Martinez said that while these or any of the city's other projects are ongoing, residents may notice some lane changes and may have to alter their routes, but it's necessary in order to help the city continue to grow.

But that doesn't mean residents' opinions are not taken into consideration.

"We try to get the public input as much as we can on all of our projects," Martinez explained. "Because, it's basically them who are going to be out there using the infrastructure."

With 2013 all but behind us now, city planners are anxious to get started on making the city a better, safer place for drivers and pedestrians. 

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