Beverly, Reichert announce plans to pave, patch east Macon intersection

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — If you’ve ever driven down Jeffersonville Road, Daniel Brown said you’ve probably experienced what he’s experienced.

“Rough, real bumpy.. it’s a terrible road, and it’s been that way for years,” said Brown.

Anthony Harris will be the first to tell you it’s dangerous. He was hit in his while riding in his wheel chair, twice.

“I just got side-swiped. The other time I was going across the road and I got in a hit and run and I actually had an open fracture and everything. i just got totally demolished that time,” said Harris.

People like Harris prompted State Representative James Beverly to make a change in the area.

“We got residents in the community to sign a petition. We used that to put pressure on dot.”

Beverly, along with Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert announced Friday, the intersection at Millerfield and Jeffersonville Roads is getting patched up and paved.

The ultimate vision for Jeffersonville Road is to widen it to make more room drivers, and for sidewalks.

“This is an issue that affects the entire region and I said to my constituents look, I’m going to get something done. Little did I know that this is a 20 year problem in the making, that the can kept getting kicked down the road,” said Beverly

The mayor says environmental issues have held up the expansion for years, and it could be another two to three more before it happens.

“I think that’s why Representative Beverly wanted to see some interim repairs made, don’t just try to drive over a washboard road for another two and a half years,” said Reichert.

While they wait for that, Brown is hoping the officials will actually get the wheels in motion for the short term solution.

“It’s well needed, if that happens,” said Brown.

The road work is expected to start within the next month or so. Beverly estimates it will cost less than $50,000 to fix up the intersection. He said both the state and county will be funding the project.

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