Alice Roberts can’t wait for the state to tear her house down and start widening Jeffersonville Road.
“Someone has to give up for the greater good,” said Roberts, who lives near the road’s split with Emery Highway. “I just hope they can hurry it up.”
Residents at Thursday night’s public meeting on Jeffersonville Road mostly seemed worried about how long it would take to widen the road from two lanes to five. Construction is expected to wrap up in 2017.
The meeting in Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church was busy, with about 80 people arriving in the first half of the three-hour open house. Roadwork also would reach up Millerfield Road toward the church, but most of the work will be on Jeffersonville Road itself.
Planning for the $24.6 million Jeffersonville Road project was launched with money from Bibb County’s 1994 special purpose local option sales tax. An environmental study took about six tries to complete, said Van Etheridge, program manager for the Macon-Bibb County Road Improvement Program.
“Everybody I talked to is all for it,” Etheridge said. “They just want to know when we’re getting started. And that’s the bad news I had to tell them, ‘not right away.’”
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