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The city of Douglas works to alleviate traffic with new overpass

On Tuesday, May 1, a new overpass will make traffic a lot easier for commuters in Douglas. (Source: WALB) On Tuesday, May 1, a new overpass will make traffic a lot easier for commuters in Douglas. (Source: WALB)
DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) -

Good news for those used to driving in road construction on Iron Road in Douglas. 

On Tuesday, May 1, a new overpass will make traffic a lot easier for commuters. It's a State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP), 15 years in the making. 

Terrell Jacobs, the city manager, said the Georgia Department of Transportation is using $32.7 million on State Road 135 for widening and reconstruction.

"We were able to go up to Atlanta to have a discussion with DOT in regards to trying to accelerate this project up to where it is currently, 
right now, to be let, and under construction," Jacobs said. 

Jacobs said that most of the money is from the STIP and the federal government. 

"We didn't utilize any SPLOST money because this is a state project, and we are very fortunate that they chose Douglas to get this done," explained Jacobs. 

If you remember, construction started on the 2.5-mile project back in 2016. 

Project Manager Todd Reaves said the most challenging part of the construction was dealing with the weather. 

"Weather is always a factor in construction, rain and the dirt work into things," Reaves said. 

Hoping the rain holds off, contractors said after completing some additional paving, the bridge will open to two lanes for two-way traffic on Tuesday. 

Contractors said the project should be finished by September 30, opening southbound and northbound lanes on the bridge. 

"We have a lot of visitors, we call it daytime population, it ramps up to about 40 to 50,000 people that come in our community every day," said Jacobs. 

He also said this is an opportunity good for everyone who travels in and out of the city. 

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