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GRADY CO., GA (WALB) -

A plan for a recreational lake in south Georgia that began decades ago will soon become a reality.

It's been a long time coming but Grady County officials say by the end of the year, work on the dam at Tired Creek could be complete. Hunter Avery lives near the project and is ready to see it finished.

"For as long as I've been like two, they've been working to make progress on it," said Hunter Avery, who lives near Tired Creek.

Last week, the county received a Georgia Transportation Investment Bank grant worth $1.2 million to help offset the cost of the project.

"We're saving the tax payers money," said County Administrator Carlos Tobar. "Everyone is concerned about how Grady County is going to pay for all of the amenities at the lake to have a good fishing experience at tired creek lake, and this is one of the ways that it's going to get funded."

The grant will cover improvements at all entrance points to the new lake. This includes State Park Road and Cedar Springs Road. A bridge will be added to Gainous Road.

"Obviously we don't want people driving to the lake on dirt roads. I don't think that would be very appealing to visitors," said Tobar. "So I think driving on paved roads will make people want to come back to Tired Creek Lake over and over again."

Avery was excited to hear that his street is on the paving list. he already has a list of things he's looking forward to doing at Tired Creek Lake.

"Fishing tubing boating really anything to get me out of the house," said Avery.

County leaders pitched a layout for the lake that reflected many of the amenities Hunter mentioned, as well as some additional perks for visitors- evidence that leaders are working to bring the dream of many Grady County residents to life as inexpensively as possible.

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