Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Alma Looks to Pick Up Business

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Alma Looks to Pick Up Business

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Main Street USA is cutting a broader swath through Alma, and

city leaders hope it brings prosperity.

At 3 p.m. today, the Georgia Department of Transportation is

officially opening a 4.4-mile stretch of U.S. 1 in Alma, where

it is known locally as Pierce Street.

Work on the $7 million project began in October 1993.

"It's extremely important," City Manager Tom Deen said. "This

is part of the state's effort to four-lane U.S. 1 and take some

of the traffic off the interstates."

Alma would welcome some of that traffic because it could

restore some of the business lost decades ago when Interstates

75 and 95 began pulling travelers away, Deen said.

"I can remember when I was a kid, traffic backed up with Ohio

tags, New York and Maine," he said.

When the tourists left, the hotels, drive-in eateries and

service stations closed from lack of business. Alma wants them

back, Deen said.

The DOT is reviewing plans to widen the highway from Alma to

Waycross, said Jerome Sheffield, the district construction

engineer at the DOT's Jesup office. …

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