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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

January 30--  Local officials are planning to get road improvements moving as soon as money starts rolling in from the one cent transportation sales tax which area voters approved last summer.

Vidalia City Manager Bill Torrance promises that patchwork-prevalent Adams Street is first on the city's list.

"Adams Street is Vidalia's first project and I know everybody will be happy to hear that.  There's water, drainage and sewer that has to be repaired and the result is going to be a much better road," he said.

Torrance and new Toombs County Manager John Jones were on the January edition of "Vidalia Today."  Jones expects lots of work on county roads and  some major state routes.

"There's going to be a lot of activity on our roads in the next ten years.   With the bypass coming through between Lyons and Vidalia, there's the widening of U.S. One South and replacement of the Altamaha River bridge in the south part of the county," he said.

Meanwhile, the City of Vidalia hopes to finally get started this Summer on a project funded by a federal grant some eight years ago.  Torrance says the $400,000 project has been delayed in federal and state bureaucracies, but he's hopeful bids will be let in June for the work.  He says it will help improve the appearance of downtown Vidalia north of the railroad tracks.

"Walk into the historic downtown right now and you'll see that same thing happen in the north side.  It will look just like it.  I think it's going to really complete the downtown look we were trying to accomplish and the result is going to be very good for our community," Torrance believes.

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