Moultrie Observer

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June 13, 2011

Hwy. 133 meetings set

Property owners can see where route is planned

MOULTRIE — Area residents can hear the latest plans for the widening of Georgia Highway 133 -- including the intended route -- during public hearings this month.

Property owners along the highway also can see whether the highway project will affect their land.

One place along the route where this will be the case is Doerun, where one of the June 28 meetings will be held. Plans call for the highway to bypass that city, meaning landowners along the proposed route will see the roadway slice through their property.

Residents also will be able to look at maps, write comments on cards and possibly talk to engineers, said Craig Solomon, a Georgia Department of Transportation spokesman.

The meetings are scheduled for 4 p.m.-7 p.m. June 28 at Doerun Elementary School, 111 Mathis St., Doerun, and Radium Springs Middle School gym, 2600 Radium Springs Road, Albany.

In late 2010, department engineers said that construction could begin as early as 2015. After the public hearing the state could begin acquiring rights-of-way from landowners for the project.

No decision had been made at that time at which end the project, running 66 miles from Albany to Valdosta through Moultrie, will start. The project is split into nine individual sections, five of which are on the section from Valdosta to Moultrie. Each of those individual sections is five to seven miles in length.

Funding has been made available for rights-of-way acquisition, but not for construction. The five sections on the southern end are about a year and a half ahead of the four projects that stretch from Moultrie to Albany.

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