Albany city commissioners are a step closer to approving a deal to develop a trail that would allow the utility board to expand its services.
Tuesday, they voted unanimously to buy 13.6 miles of former railroad tracks in Dougherty, Lee, and Terrell Counties from Rails to Trails.
The city plans to restart an existing gas line in the area and add utilities as the trail is constructed.
"We want to come in at gate station number three, down this rails to trails project, come in there on Ledo Road and be able to serve those businesses and folks in that general area with a great gas capacity than we have now," said Phil Roberson, the Assistant City Manager.
They also hope to increase their customers by about 10% over the next few years as more businesses and homes come to the area.
The trail would stretch from Sasser all the way to Radium Springs Road. Under the agreement, city officials would have five years to surface the trail.
Construction will cost between $1 and $1.5 million, which will come from the gas department.
Commissioners will take a final vote at their next meeting and hope to break ground a few months after that.
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