Talbotton Road widening delayed

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  The widening of Talbotton Road in Columbus has been pushed back another six months.

DOT officials say that's a good thing even though the project has been on the books for twenty years.

Since 1990, the widening of the roadway has been on the DOT's to do list but has suffered setbacks due to funding and design issues.

The state has listed to recent concerns posed by citizens and taken the design back to the drawing board.

By breaking the project into different sections with different features, engineers say they have reduced the impact to more than 30 properties along the 2.5 mile stretch of road.

On top of that, DOT officials say the newest design has a smaller price tag, costing $5.5 million less than previous designs.

Officials tell WTVM the project is off to the state office in Atlanta to be officially redesigned.

Public hearings will also be scheduled before roadwork gets underway.

No word yet on a groundbreaking date.

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