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January 17--  After years of discussion and planning, the City of Vidalia is starting the project to refurbish one mile of Adams Street.

McLendon Enterprises of Vidalia is doing the $1.6 million dollar project and project manager Tim Adams says it will take a couple of months before motorists see workmen actually on Adams Street.

"People are not going to see us on Adams Street right away.  This project actually starts seven blocks away on Linda Drive and we'll be working our way up Adams Street.  We've got about 60 days of work before we'll actually physically be in the road.  Then we'll be in the road a lot from Darby Circle up to Highway 280 and that road basically gets replaced including water, sewer and storm drainage," Adams said.

Vidalia City Manager Bill Torrance says improving drainage is a big part of the work.

"They're starting on Linda Drive because that's the outfall for drainage.  This drainage improvement is extremely important because when the Highway 280 pairs came through, it placed all that water at the intersection of Highway 280 and Adams Street all the way down to Second Street.  When it rains hard, we've had a big bowl there full of water and this is going to give us the ability to get that water out of town and on down to Rocky Creek," Torrance notes.

Toward the end of March, Adams says drivers would be smart to seek alternate routes into town and avoid Adams Street.

"We've got to cut that road 40 times.  There's going to be a lot of congestion in that area because it's a high traffic area in the mornings and late afternoons and we're asking folks to be patient with us and maybe move over a block and use Church Street," he advises.

Depending on the weather, Adams hopes the new street will be complete in the September/October time frame.