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Commissioners approve beautification plan on Alexander Drive

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Augusta, GA (WFXG) - Orange cones and dirt cover the median stretching down Alexander Drive, one of Augusta's frequently driven gateways. The drive between Riverwatch Parkway and Washington Road isn't quite a scenic attraction, but thanks to Augusta residents, the street will soon see a transformation.

This week commissioners approved plans to give Alexander Drive a landscape makeover; one motorists and pedestrians will appreciate.

"I think it's going to be great. I think for the Masters it's going to be absolutely beautiful, or at least I hope so," said Rhonda McGilvray, who walks her dog along Alexander Drive every day.

The city is partnering with a private firm who's putting up $135,000 for the beautification project. The city will match that investment, paying its portion with SPLOST dollars.

"These private partnerships of concerned citizens who are not only willing identifying a problem, but also work towards a solution is going to be what's necessary to continue to make progress," said city administrator Fred Russell.

Progress Augusta will see in the coming years. By 2015, city traffic engineers say various projects, including road improvements to Riverwatch Parkway, and widening the busy street to relieve congested traffic.

"We got some issues with a left-turn thru lane that's blocking up some storage, so we're going to add a second left turn at the east bound I-20 ramp and also some off-ramp improvements, so we feel like it's going to improve traffic," said Steve Cassell, traffic engineer.

Those improvements will be paid for by T-SPLOST dollars. And as the city's annual budget continues to shrink, city leaders are happy its citizens care about the roadways.

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