Columbus intersection closed for upgrades

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) –  Columbus city engineers tell News Leader 9 that the intersection of 1st Avenue and 9th Street are closed temporarily Tuesday and Wednesday (November 30 -  December 1, 2010) for upgrades.

The city and Norfolk Southern are currently working to upgrade crossings throughout the city.

According to the city's Engineering Department, Northfolk Southern and the city reached an agreement to lay down new concrete panels to replace asphalt at the railroad crossing intersections to provide a smoother ride for motorists.

Signs will be posted along 9th Street giving notice of the temporary closure and the detour.

The city has already laid new asphalt at the intersection of 9th Street and Veterans Parkway and along 3rd, 10th, and 2nd Avenues.

In 2011, the city plans to continue its work and lay panels on Broadway, from Front Avenue to 6th Street, and continue along 9th Street.

According to city engineer Farhad AliFarhani, the money to fund the concrete panels at the railroad crossings is coming from the 2008 SPLOST.

The current project is expected to cost around $1,000,000.

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