Albany's $17.5 million road resurfacing project begins

Albany's $17.5 million road resurfacing project begins
Both School Street and Leonard Avenue are newly resurfaced in East Albany (Source: WALB)
Joyce Henderson, Albany Resident (Source: WALB)
Joyce Henderson, Albany Resident (Source: WALB)
Jon Howard, Ward I City Commissioner (Source: WALB)
Jon Howard, Ward I City Commissioner (Source: WALB)
JD Sumner, DCSS Spokesperson (Source: WALB)
JD Sumner, DCSS Spokesperson (Source: WALB)
Turner Elementary sits adjacent to these two streets freshly repaved (Source: WALB)
Turner Elementary sits adjacent to these two streets freshly repaved (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Tired of swerving to avoid potholes and driving on uneven roads?

Fifty-two Dougherty County roads are set to be resurfaced in the upcoming months.

Drivers will have to swerve less to avoid potholes or drive over them, potentially harming their tires.

"I enjoy it because of the traffic. You know. You don't hear the boomps and the bumps," said Joyce Henderson, an Albany resident.

Henderson's home is in front of Turner Elementary School, which is at the intersection of School Street and Leonard Avenue, allowing children who live in nearby homes to walk to school.

"I think they really enjoy it. I know I enjoy it," said Henderson. The $17.5 million project SPLOST project will be completed over the next six years, and Ward I City Commissioner Jon Howard pushed for his ward to be first to see safety improvements immediately.

"I was a little biased because I emphasized that Ward I should be first. And as you can see behind me that the street is completed and it looks 100 percent better," explained Howard.

Howard said there were complaints from residents and Turner Elementary school employees.

"When they come out, they don't have to worry about knocking their car out of line or hitting a pothole. So they're excited and I'm just jubilant," said Howard.

In 2016 four children were struck by a car on a crosswalk while walking to Turner Elementary just a couple blocks away.

One of the students was killed.

"In the morning times especially, it's just treacherous to be on the roads in that part of town just because the way the sun comes up on that side of road, it's dimly lit in some areas, so the city is working proactively in some areas to help work with district," said J. D. Sumner, DCSS Spokesperson.

Commissioner Howard said the goal is to have phase one completed by September.

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