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Officials change plans for Old Dawson widening from four lanes to three

One county official said the original plans to widen the road were 'overkill.'

Traffic flows west along Old Dawson Road.

Traffic flows west along Old Dawson Road.

ALBANY, Ga. — Local government officials say plans have changed for the proposed widening of a stretch of Old Dawson Road.

The multi-million dollar project is still on the table, officials say, but instead of four-laning the road from Pointe North Boulevard to Byron Plantation Road as originally planned, the road will be widened only to three lanes.

“Four-laning that road is overkill,” Dougherty County Commissioner Lamar Hudgins said, “particularly through a residential area. Don’t get me wrong, that is a congested site and it needs to be widened, but I think three lanes would be fine for that area.”

The widening of Old Dawson Road is one of several projects slated to be funded by the Transportation Improvement Act or T-SPLOST.

If approved by the voters next year, the program will generate millions of dollars for the multi-county region for road and bridge improvements through a one-percent sales tax tacked onto local purchases over the next decade.

City Engineer Bruce Maples says that the four-laning concept goes back as early as 1994 when the city’s longterm plan included the jump from two lanes to four by 2035.

But now, in an effort to mitigate damage to the private residential property in the neighborhood, Maples says the plan will be to put a dedicated middle turn lane down the length of Old Dawson Road.

“All we’re trying to do is make sure that it helps ease the traffic flow down Old Dawson without jeopardizing the residential nature of the neighborhood,” Maples said.

By doing so, government officials expect to trim the total cost of the Old Dawson Project from $28.9 million to $18 million.

The $10.9 million saved on the project will be split among the Clark Avenue extension and the Westover Boulevard underpass.

Comments

whattheheck 2 years, 10 months ago

So, whose plan was it to make the project four lane in the first place and how many commissioners bought off on that plan? Does anyone really think about what they are doing these days?

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supersquawker 2 years, 10 months ago

Without a zillion turn out lanes it won't make a bit of difference. What you really need is a better way to get all them thousands of people from the West Lee area to Dawson Road and offload traffic from Old Dawson. Could we build a wall at the county line somewhere in the Van Cise area?

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ObjectiveEyes 2 years, 10 months ago

Build the wall if you want...unfortunately, the majority of the working class live in Lee. But, of course if it'll keep your riffraff out of Lee...we may can work a deal!

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Moe 2 years, 10 months ago

Why route all of this traffic through a residential area?

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supersquawker 2 years, 9 months ago

Exactly! It's the most dangerouse street in Albany.

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