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Tifton leaders consider converting Commerce Way to one way

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 11:15 PM EDT
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TIFTON, Ga. (WALB) - City of Tifton leaders are looking at possibly converting Commerce Way down to a one-way street heading north.

The goals are to make it more handicap accessible, beautiful, getting the area ready for food trucks to possibly stop in and most importantly, opening up for more public dining spots.

Officials said they’ve seen a positive trend in outdoor dining across the nation during the pandemic and they want to bring that trend to Tifton.

We’re told some parallel parking spots are also a part of the plan.

Trey Gavin with ESG Engineering addressed the council Monday night with the proposal.

Trey Gavin
Trey Gavin(source: WALB)

“And the thought is to sacrifice a few spaces for these outdoor dining areas, its really going to provide kind of an energetic kind of atmosphere in downtown Tifton where things are going on. That’s exactly what we wanna try and get out there,” said Gavin.

Chip Pete has a few businesses in the area and hopes the concept becomes a reality.

Chip Pete
Chip Pete(source: WALB)

”Just an opportunity for Tifton to be able to make this one-way and come in and put bistro styled seating and a place that families can come out and enjoy themselves, like Savannah, I think it’ll be great for the economy,” said Pete.

Others aren’t so excited.

One Commerce Way store owner doesn’t want the conversion because they believe it will hurt their business and cause traffic congestion. The person didn’t want to be identified or talk on camera.

The concept was brought in front of the council Monday night and they are expected to vote on it at their next regularly scheduled council meeting.

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