ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany's fleet facilities will soon be consolidated into a new home.
The facility on 1900 North Monroe and the two other locations were extremely worn down, and many city workers do most of their work in the scorching heat.
As of Tuesday night that will soon change, after city commissioners approved the $1.4 million project.
City Manager Sharon Subadan explained workers could effectively maintain the new compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, even being able to bring them inside, something they can't do now.
Technicians could also then take large equipment outside.
The million-dollar project will consolidate the three facilities into one location.
"It makes it really convenient for operators to come on and off, drop off vehicles, pickup vehicles," said Subadan. "And really this is the kind of thing we need to do to help our operating departments to be more effective in delivering services to our community."
Subadan said voters approved the transit maintenance facility in 2010 using SPLOST VI funding.
But up until now, nothing has been done about it.
It will take about seven to eight months to complete the building and it will be CNG compliant for the buses.
The new fleet facility will be located at a former international truck dealership on the 1300 block of Blaylock.
Down the road, Subadan would also like to put in new pavement and some IT enhancements, of course, that's if the city budget permits.
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