Albany and Lee County leaders haven't always gotten along or worked together well. The new Rails to Trails project could be the catalyst to change that.
The city will soon start turning abandoned railroad tracks into a walking and biking trail that eventually will run all the way from Radium Springs to Sasser. A good portion of it will pass through Lee County.
Lee County leaders were receptive when Albany officials presented their plans to them recently. The true test will come when Lee County leaders have to decide whether to join in and spend money on trail heads or parks or other enhancements connected to the trail.
This is a unique opportunity to bring a great amenity to south Georgia, and it's an important chance for Albany and Lee County leaders to show they can work together to improve the quality of life for the whole region.