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Roads in north Columbus to widen to ease traffic, growth

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

While it is not Atlanta, the traffic in north Columbus can get congested, especially during school drop-off and pick-up hours.

With the announcement of a major development, including houses, shops, offices and restaurants in the area of Veterans Parkway and Williams Road, the traffic may get worse.

Veterans Parkway, or U.S. Highway 27, changes from a four lane to a two lane at Williams Road, creating a bottleneck affect.

State and city officials already have planned projects to widen the access roads to this development.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is in the process of acquiring land along Veterans Parkway North of Williams Road almost to the Harris County line to widen the road to a four lane.  That process could take at least 2 years.

As for Williams Road, a city planning official says there is no timeline for the project, but it is in the books. The city is in the drawing and concepts phase for a widening project from Veterans Parkway to Fortson Road.

Businesses in the area say it will be a nightmare for their business in the short term, but the long term affects will be worth it.

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