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Thomasville, Thomas Co. leaders debate on Pinetree Blvd. improvements

Thomas County and Thomasville leaders are working to figure out who owns South Pinetree Boulevard. (Source:WALB) Thomas County and Thomasville leaders are working to figure out who owns South Pinetree Boulevard. (Source:WALB)
City leaders said they fear that plan would increase speeds on the road. (Source:WALB) City leaders said they fear that plan would increase speeds on the road. (Source:WALB)
Both groups of leaders are planning to meet in 30 days to hear the city's plans. (Source:WALB) Both groups of leaders are planning to meet in 30 days to hear the city's plans. (Source:WALB)
THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) -

Thomas County and Thomasville leaders are working to figure out who owns South Pinetree Boulevard.

Nearly $5 million was set aside from the 2012 SPLOST funding for the renovations.

County Commissioners want to make Pinetree Boulevard three lanes, adding a turn lane and improving curb and gutters.

The problem is city leaders aren't exactly on board with that plan.

It appears that the city actually has rights to the road, except taxpayers voted in 2012 giving the funding for the project.

Pinetree Boulevard is a popular road in Thomasville and Thomas County.

And now it's also a popular topic of conversation amongst city and county leaders.

"Can't we go ahead and do the project? I just said I'll give you the road but I want to do this project," said Moses Gross.

Gross said he's determined to get Pinetree Boulevard fixed one way or another, pleading with both city and county leaders Wednesday that the project has been put off for far too long.

"We promised the people, they voted for the SPLOST, paid for the project, and now we don't know what to do," said Gross.

Ultimately whoever owns the road has the final say in what improvements are made to it.

City manager Steve Sykes presented two options to both city council members and county commissioners.

The first option is for the city to take ownership of West Jackson to Magnolia Street, from Millpond to Old Monticello Road and from Smith Avenue to East Jackson Street. 

The second option is for the city to take ownership of the boulevard from West Jackson to East Jackson Street.

"It would only matter if the county agrees so I guess this is an open question," said Sykes.

County leaders said they have spent $150,000 for an engineer to come up with a plan that would make Pinetree Boulevard three lanes from Magnolia Street to West Jackson Street.  

That includes adding a turn lane, sidewalk, curb and gutter repairs, and a roundabout. 

City leaders said they fear that plan would increase speeds on the road.

"I'm not in favor of three lanes, I'm in favor of two. The three lane speeds of traffic and requires us to move utilities," said Jay Flowers, Council member.

"We have a plan, we are ready to go, this is the hold up. We have a plan y'all don't like our plan?" said Gross.

City leaders are trying to come up with a plan for the road if they take ownership of it.

Both groups of leaders are planning to meet in 30 days to hear the city's plans.

Thomas County Commissioners originally thought they owned the rights to Pinetree Boulevard near Southwestern State Hospital because it was never annexed in as city property.

Thomasville City leaders say since the state still owns that vacant hospital it is by law considered city property until a new owner buys the land.

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