THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Changes are coming to West Jackson Street in Thomasville, changes that could bring some benefits to the city.
The improvements will begin at the intersection of South Pinetree Boulevard and will continue towards Madison Street near Downtown Thomasville.
"This is a wonderful set of improvements for our community. Thomasville will benefit through increased pedestrian and bicycle access to the West Jackson Street corridor, increased property values, increased interest in redeveloping West Jackson Street," said City of Thomasville Engineer, Jerry Pionessa.
The corridor is highly traveled, especially among Floridian tourists.
"West Jackson Street is our front door to our tourism industry that comes primarily from Tallahassee into downtown. We want to put our best foot forward to be pleasing aesthetically," Pionessa added.
Improvements include changing the West Jackson Street from a four lane roadway to a two lane roadway. The other lanes will be turned into on-street parking, multi-purpose lanes for pedestrians and bicyclists, and right turn lanes.
There are a number of vacant properties along West Jackson Street, so the city hopes that the changes will attract new businesses.
"That happens through the additional confidence that is gained by attracting pedestrians, bicyclists, and people who want to park and do business through this area," Pionessa said.
The project has been separated into phases.
Phase I includes fixing and restriping the roadway. The city has budgeted $750,000 for the beginning phase.
Work is expected to begin on the corridor starting in 2017.