City breaks ground for long awaited Jeffersonville Road project

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Some residence in east Macon now have a sigh of relief. The city broke ground on the Jeffersonville Road project Friday morning.

Jeffersonville Road is the pulse of the east Macon community. The construction cones are a sign of progress for the community. This Jeffersonville Road project has been a work in progress for ever 20 years and now the wait is over.

“The road was in very bad condition. At the time it needed repair and reworking and that was in ’93,” resident Emory Flagg said.

“Kids just walk up and down this highway [while] people are flying by 50 miles per hour and there’s all kinds of tragic events that happen as a result of that,” State Representative James Beverly said.

The east Macon community has asked for some TLC on Jeffersonville Road for a while.

“It’s an eyesore to the community and so hopefully after this project, everything will come together again,” Flagg said.

East Macon’s main artery is finally getting the attention it needs.

“This is it, this is ground zero. It’s ground zero and to finally say to the community, ‘listen, we have listened to you for years.’ There’s been a lot of promises, false starts, false stops, but finally we say now you see it – the process is starting,” Beverly said.

It’s a $20.5-million project. $520,000 is coming from SPLOST funds designated for road repairs and the rest from the Federal Highway Administration.

“When you start having side walks and larger lanes, then that spurs all infrastructure and stuff spurs micro-economic growth,” Beverly said.

The project will make Jeffersonville go from a two lane street to four. In addition to new sidewalks, turning lanes, lighting, and traffic lights. Also being replaced is the bridge over Walnut Creek.

But soon, Flagg won’t have to worry about wrecking his car on Jeffersonville Road.

“I won’t have to take the long way around in and out of home from here after its completed,” Flagg said.

The project will take three years to complete.

Beverly says it took awhile to get the project started, because there were a lot of moving parts. He says there’s been administrative and priority changes over the years.

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