Columbus City Council approves new lane changes on 13th St.

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Columbus City Council and the Georgia Department of Transportation are headed in a new direction to help businesses that are located off of one of the city's most high-volume areas.

The plan is to reduce four lanes down to two on 13th St. They want to add more turning lanes and parking. The city approved the plan, aiming to reduce traffic and revitalize the area.

This will take place between 13th and 5th Ave. and will allow people better access to businesses along the road, making it feel like less of a "pass-through" area.

Those in favor hope this will encourage other businesses to occupy some of the abandoned buildings bringing new life on the city's main corridor.

The city will also reduce the six lanes on the overpass coming from Uptown Columbus to just four lanes. The area will be restriped and repaved.

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