U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss wants to set aside $1 million in the Senate transportation bill to expand a highway in south Georgia.
Proponents of the project to expand State Route 133 hope Chambliss’ request will push the Senate to work the funding into legislation this year.
The major corridor in south Georgia connects Albany and Valdosta. The project would expand the road to four lanes.
Local officials say it would promote development and bring economic growth to the area. But widening the 60-mile route would cost the state an estimated $400 million.
Fellow Georgian congressman Johnny Isakson, along with Albany’s Sanford Bishop and Representative Jack Kingston have joined Chambliss in supporting the project.