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Road work slows commute on 20th Street in Tifton

Road work on 20th Street in Tifton (Source: WALB) Road work on 20th Street in Tifton (Source: WALB)
Leah Elliott, Friendly Express manager (Source: WALB) Leah Elliott, Friendly Express manager (Source: WALB)
Olanda Thomas, Friendly Express, customer (Source:WALB) Olanda Thomas, Friendly Express, customer (Source:WALB)
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

A major roadway through the city of Tifton is getting a facelift.

Construction began on Friday on a two-mile stretch of 20th street.

Though the $2.3 million project is much needed, it's still causing a few headaches for drivers.

20th Street has become a bit rocky, and the orange traffic cones are forcing drivers into one lane as construction crews are resurfacing the 1.8 mile street and relocating water lines.

A few weeks ago sidewalk repairs began.

All the construction has created some traffic delays for drivers.

"I'm thinking with me coming in so early it won't be quite as bad," said Leah Elliot, manager of the Friendly Express convenience store on 20th Street, said

For Omega resident Leah Elliot, her early wake-up call to work at the Friendly Express convenience store is helping her avoid long traffic delays. 

But for Fitzgerald resident Olanda Thomas, it's a different story.

"Sometimes it's hard, makes it slower, takes time to be able to turn onto Love Avenue," explained Olanda Thomas, "And then when I'm leaving in the afternoon that's when it's the worst." 

Thomas said the project has caused traffic to be slower, creating a delay as she travels to and from work. 

She leaves her home in the morning, 10 minutes earlier and returns later in the evening. 

"I understand that something's got to be done, that roads have got to be worked on and need to be repaired," said Thomas "So, all in all, I feel like they're doing the best they can.

But the re-paving hasn't stopped Thomas from coming to the Friendly Express convenience store on 20th Street. 

"It's an inconvenience but that's about all, I feel like," Thomas explained. 

Thomas said she wishes road work crews could work at night when the traffic is slower but understands it's difficult for workers to see at night, and even work a night shift.   

This major project is funded by local SPLOST dollars.

Tifton City leaders said the goal is to complete it before school begins in August. 

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