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Major construction projects in Albany remain on schedule

Nita Birmingham, DOT District Communications Officer Nita Birmingham, DOT District Communications Officer
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Construction on two major projects in Albany remain on schedule. Department Of Transportation officials are urging drivers to be cautious of workers while they are out on the roads.

Work on the Broad Avenue Bridge and Jefferson Street Bypass remain on track for their scheduled completion dates. DOT officials are asking drivers to be patient while workers work to complete both projects.

Pictures show just how far construction of the Broad Avenue Bridge and the Jefferson Street Bypass are to being complete. DOT officials say the bypass off Liberty Expressway has reached its halfway mark.

"Both of the bridges have been finished and probably around the end of this month, you'll see them start to pave the entrance and exit ramps,” said Nita Birmingham, DOT District Communications Officer.

Construction on the $12.7 million project started in September of 2013 and drivers could expect another lane shift on the expressway soon.

"Jefferson is going to have be widen because we're putting in some turn lanes and right now they're out there laying drainage pipe for that widening section,” said Birmingham. “Eventually when we get to the point where they are doing some paving, then yeah there will probably be some lane shifts, but we will let everybody know in advance."

At 74% complete, the Broad Avenue Bridge is stretching far across the Flint River, reaching towards the other side.

"So they started on the East end primarily is where all the work has been done and they built the bridge out,” said Birmingham. “It's hanging out over the Flint River and then pretty soon now you should see them shifting work to the West side which is the downtown side."

While leaders are working to revitalize downtown Albany, DOT officials say the completion of the Broad Avenue Bridge could help with that revitalization.

"Anytime that you have improved infrastructure that only makes you more attractive to businesses and to economic development,” said Birmingham.

The Jefferson Street Bypass is expected to be complete in December 2015. The expected completion date for the Broad Avenue Bridge is June 30th of next year.

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