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Fort Valley construction update

Lakesha Rumph says the construction in Fort Valley on Camellia Boulevard and Highway 341 slows traffic and may make it harder for customers to get to the business where she works.

"They work on the parking lot sometimes. In those instances it's hard for the customers to get in and out," she said.

The construction started early last year to fix drainage problems.

"A lot of businesses were flooding due to the problems with the water drainage," Rumph said.

The Georgia Department of Transportation started the project and said it would last about 18 months.

The renovation costs around 8 million dollars and is funded by the department.

"The original date of the project to be finished we had been told was maybe about April or so. And then they extended it down to July," said Mayor Barbara Williams, but Camellia Boulevard is still covered with safety cones in July.

Mayor Williams says that's because last year, city officials decided the project should include adding more lanes to the highway and more sidewalks.

She says the construction should be done in early fall.

"It has it's good and bad moments," Rumph said, "The traveling is a little difficult with the patchwork done on the roads."

She says while there may be challenges now, the city will reap the benefits later.

Mayor Barbara Williams says if the construction is done by early fall, it will be done in time for two large events in Fort Valley: the Ham Bone Jam and Fort Valley State's homecoming.


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