New developments in the future for Veterans Parkway -, GA News Weather & Sports

New developments in the future for Veterans Parkway

By Mackenzie Patterson - email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  The city of Columbus is working on developing several locations along Veterans Parkway.  Work on has started on the roadway between the 13th Street and the 8th Street intersections on Veterans.  However, some local businesses said all the construction is hurting them.

Gerald Massy, the manager for Pennzoil off of Veterans Parkway, explained the construction has cut their business almost in half.

"Our normal daily car count of 40 to 45 cars a day has dwindled down the last couple of weeks to about 20 cars," Massy said.

He also said he thinks all the work will be a good thing in the end, but right now, it is keeping customers away.

"Had a lady come in today said she came last week and drove four blocks, but couldn't come in.  So fortunately for us, she likes us enough that she did come back," explained Massy.

While Massy cannot get his customers into his business, Kenneth Batten is not able to get out of his driveway.  He lives just a few feet away from the start of the construction.

"Well I can't get out in the street sometimes.  I turn over in the KFC parking lot sometimes to get around the street," Batten said.

Both Massy and Batten did say they are looking forward to the end product from all the construction.  They say the new pedestrian lights that are being put up will help to make the area safer at night.

The construction will stretch to other areas of Veterans Parkway.  In March, construction will start on a $13 million development on 16 acres.  The Columbus Council approved the plans for 62 housing units.  These homes will range from 1,200 to 2,700 square feet and cost $170,000 to $300,000. 

Another project will widen Veterans from Old Moon Road to Hancock from two/three lands to four lanes with a median.  The Federal Highway Administration has approved the environmental assessment for the project.  The purchase of right-of-way could begin by 2011 and will take 2 years to be complete.  The construction will then take about 2 more years.

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