ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County leaders are working on a plan to beautify the East Albany gateway into the city.
Commissioners voted to begin talks with the Georgia Department of Transportation to revamp the median at the Albany welcome sign on Highway 82.
One long-time resident said that East Albany is often overlooked and is well overdue for a makeover.
The gateway sign is the first thing that greets drivers heading into east Albany on Highway 82, but some residents said that it's become an eyesore.
"This is the worst part of it, Albany on the east side," said resident George Carter.
Carter has lived in East Albany for more than two decades, and he's watched parts of the city decay.
"They're not trying to beautify on the east side of our town, community," explained Carter. "And I'd very much like to see it progress."
But progress has been slow, and some residents said the East Albany gateway is a symbol of that.
Residents are complaining about the tall grass, and they're saying that this beautification process will end all of that.
GDOT maintains the area along the highway.
County Commissioner Anthony Jones said that he receives 10 to 15 complaints every summer about the tall grass.
Jones said that planting 70 crepe myrtle trees would improve the area.
"With the crepe myrtles we'll be able to maintain, and certainly it will look real good to the people coming into the city," said Jones.
Jones said that beautifying the gateway is key to making downtown a destination.
"This is the gateway coming into the city because of the fact, you notice right up there is 520, so certainly people can go around 520 and connect to Alabama, we want to lure them downtown," explained Jones.
The proposal was music to George's ears.
"If we partnership and work together we can get things done," said Carter.
County officials plan to survey the area and get approval from GDOT.
If all goes well, they hope to get a grant through Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful to plant the crepe myrtles next year.