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I-75 Interchange Project Takes Another Step Forward
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A Macon committee passed a new piece to the puzzle surrounding the I-75 Interchange Project.

The Georgia Department of Transportation asked the city to give them 23 pieces of land in exchange for around $250,000.

Ownership of those properties will allow them to use state funds for things like installing sound barriers along the highway, restoring residential areas, and improving streets.

Peter Givens, a long-time resident in Pleasant Hill, hopes this will help restore the community he remembers.

He says, "Pleasant Hill was a very pleasant place to live. It was self-sufficient. It had mom and pop stores all over the place, dry cleaners, gas station, tennis courts. You name it, we had it."

Givens says that started to change when I-75 split the neighborhood in two.

Five years ago, the Georgia Department of Transportation proposed a $10 million plan to fix that. Givens says Tuesday's council committee meeting is just another small step before the real work can begin.

Part of the package deal includes pieces of the Ocmulgee Trail near I-75 and I-16.

Mike Ford with NewTown Macon says some of the $250,000 from GDOT will go toward creating a path from Riverside Cemetery to Amerson River Park.

The Department of Transportation proposed a 2018 start date for all of these projects, but Givens says the results will be worth the wait.

The property transfer will go before full council for a vote next Tuesday.

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