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Projects Planned for Vidalia
Wednesday, 14 August 2013

August 14--  Vidalians will see about $8 million dollars worth of roadwork and public works projects getting started in the next few months.

The largest is the widening of Highway 292 West from Orange Street to the city limits.  A new lane will be added to the road which runs in front of Vidalia High School.  McLendon Enterprises of Vidalia has won the contract from the state Department of Transportation for $5.9 million.

The second largest project will cost an estimated $1.6 million to fix all the problems on Adams Street.  Once water and sewer lines are relocated, curbs and sidewalks will be upgraded and the road will be repaved.  Work is expected to start in the Fall.

A rennovation project along North Main and McIntosh Streets will provide new sidewalks and beautification at a cost of $400,000.

Meanwhile, a $163,000 contract has been awarded to Ricketson Construction Company to resurface parts of seven city streets including Brinson Road, Broadfoot Boulevard, Calendar Road, Church Street, Dixie Drive, Jefferson Street and Jones Street.

The city council has also okayed a proposal to spend up to $290,000 in sales tax collections to build an outdoor amphitheater on the former site of the Vidalia Police Department.

At its August meeting, the council also okayed a $180,000 economic development loan to help a local startup company called WorldTrac produce and market a tracing device for luggage and other property.  It expects to create up to a dozen jobs.  The three percent loan is for 7.5 years.

The council named Father Jim Clendinen to succeed Anita Estroff on the Vidalia-Toombs County library board, modified the city's ordinance on flea markets and approved new by-laws and the board of directors for the Vidalia Onion Festival headed by incoming chairman Tom Cato.

 
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