Albany commissioners move forward with $2 million sidewalk project

Albany commissioners move forward with $2 million sidewalk project
Albany City officials said there is a 2 million dollar sidewalk project in the works. (Source: WALB)
Commissioner Jon Howard said this has been an important project for him since 2016. (Source: WALB)
Commissioner Jon Howard said this has been an important project for him since 2016. (Source: WALB)
According to Albany officials there could be over 50 new sidewalks stretching over 10 miles. (Source: WALB)
According to Albany officials there could be over 50 new sidewalks stretching over 10 miles. (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The city of Albany is making great strides in completing a $2 million sidewalk project that was voted on by citizens back in 2016.

Commissioner Jon Howard said $2 million from the SPLOST VII fund is starting to come in now. Within the next month, commissioners will complete a ride along with Public Works employees in each of their wards to determine the most traveled and dangerous areas.

They plan on creating more than 50 sidewalks across Albany stretching 10 miles.

The commissioner said this project has been a priority since a 9-year-old died back in 2016.

"We will look at extending sidewalks from the underpass on East Broad all the way out to the Walmart and that will encompass Turner Elementary School to make sure those children that are walking to school will be on a sidewalk and not have to walk on the side of the road, because it is extremely dangerous," said Ward 1 Commissioner Jon Howard.

The next step is for commissioners to complete their ride along next month. After that, it'll go to a vote and then the process will get underway 90 days after that.

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