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Thomasville residents express concerns about road expansion

Kevin Fuchs, Pinetree Blvd homeowner, doesn't like the idea of a three lane road. (Source: WALB) Kevin Fuchs, Pinetree Blvd homeowner, doesn't like the idea of a three lane road. (Source: WALB)
Homeowners on Pinetree Boulevard in Thomasville are concerned with the plans to expand the busy road, which has been the center of controversy for more than a year now. (Source: WALB) Homeowners on Pinetree Boulevard in Thomasville are concerned with the plans to expand the busy road, which has been the center of controversy for more than a year now. (Source: WALB)
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

Homeowners on Pinetree Boulevard in Thomasville are concerned with plans to expand the busy road, which has been the center of controversy for more than a year now. 

Five million dollars of SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) money was set aside for the project in 2012. 

Now, neighbors are frustrated. 

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Kevin Fuchs has owned a home on Pinetree Boulevard for about two years.

Fuchs said when he heard that there were plans to refurbish the road, it caught his attention. 

"At no point, day or night does the traffic get bad, and there is no reason to have a turnoff lane, going where? To a residential street? It's pointless. There is something driving this that goes far beyond the cost involved" said Fuchs. 

Recently, there is discussion about making the road three lanes from West Jackson Street to Magnolia Street, with a turn lane in the middle. 

The second option is to put turn lanes at specific points where traffic problems occur. 

At recent meetings, several council members recalled county commissioners promising their constituents in 2012, when they voted for SPLOST, that the project would be completed with three lanes.   

"I would like to see this road left as it is. Definitely, it needs repaving but there is no reason to add a turn lane," said Kevin Fuchs. 

Fuchs isn't alone. Several other homeowners on the road said they didn't like the three-lane plan either. 

The one and a half mile stretch is projected to cost more than $6 million. 

Five million was set aside in SPLOST funds and the county received a $3 million grant from a Georgia Department of Transportation grant last year. 

In August 2017, WALB reported that the city council approved plans to add a round-about at Magnolia Street and pave a new two-lane road with a paved shoulder and curb and gutter improvements. 

Residents said the three lanes would increase traffic speeds, which is already a problem as a  two-lane road. 

They also don't see the need for a turn lane as most of the roads on Pinetree Boulevard are occupied by residential housing. 

"We can hope for the best, and I guarantee it, we won't allow this to be paved over for mysterious (benefits) if any benefits, without doing what we can to prevent it," said Fuchs. 

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