SPLOST project aims to reduce traffic in north Macon

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – “Bass Road, Arkwright has become a problem,” said Bank of the Ozarks Branch Manager Mattie Lundy.

It’s a speedy problem and it’s growing.

“That traffic is overflowing from Bass down there,” said Lundy.

“As you can see, there’s a lot of traffic, even in the middle of the day,” said Macon-Bibb Commissioner Gary Bechtel.

The widening of Bass Road in north Macon would be a big help–and it’s a project on the upcoming SPLOST you can vote for on election day.

“Go from here, expand Bass Road, all the way past Mabel White and Westchester to accommodate the commercial traffic and development that we know is going on on the other side of I-75,” said Bechtel.

Bechtel knows the area well–it’s his district.

“Probably hopefully go to five lanes and four traffic lanes and a middle lane for turning,” said Bechtel.

That’s exactly what Mattie Lundy wants–she makes the drive everyday for her job as branch manager at Bank of the Ozarks.

“Certain times of day Bass Road traffic is just tremendous traffic. It’s hard to get out, to get home,” said Lundy.

It’s on the corner of New Forsyth Road and Bass.

“With all the growth–which is really good, we love the growth,” said Lundy. “But we need traffic growth out here to get in and out.”

Your SPLOST dollars can help.

“If we can pass the SPLOST we’ll have the dollars available to leverage and hopefully make the improvements necessary,” said Bechtel.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has already gotten in on a related project to help traffic as well–a traffic circle at the corner of Bass and Riverside Drive.

“They’re committed to helping us solve this problem,” said Bechtel.

It’s a speedy problem with what hopes to be an even faster solution.

Bechtel says the traffic circle project should start in the next few months.

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