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Eastside Growth Could Mean More Traffic on Victory Drive

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Chances are, if you've driven down Victory Drive by Truman Parkway lately-- you have seen all the new construction.

But with all the new businesses coming to the area, what about traffic?

We went to the city to find out what will be done to keep traffic moving.

We did some digging.

If you don't think traffic on Victory is a problem, just try getting around close to lunch time or after work.

But with Whole Foods on the horizon-- along with some other upscale fast food restaurants-- also comes more consumers commuting-- well I was assured, there are plans in place for smooth sailing.

"If someone is coming west to the east, they can take a left into this shopping center."

The look of District 3 is changing, and as Alderman, John Hall makes it a point to get out and see the progress.

New businesses-- including Whole Foods, Chick-Fil-a, and Zaxby's will soon open up shop on the eastside-but with them also comes concern.

"There are plans in place to keep people moving. There will not be that dreaded, ‘I hate getting on Victory Drive feeling'."

From Truman to Skidaway, Victory Drive often looks more like a parking lot. Hall says he has been working closely with the Georgia Department of Transportation to iron out road projects that will ease the grid lock in the area, starting with the Whole Foods.

"There will be a traffic light here, a traffic signal to get people in and out to get people out of the development."

He says there will also be another exit using side roads. Shoppers can take Dixie Avenue to Kerry Street to Bee Road as an alternate route.

Down the road, near the former Captain D's, the eastside is eagerly awaiting the new Chick-Fil-A. But because one business is just replacing another, Hall says traffic shouldn't be an issue.

"The traffic that is leaving Chick-Fil-A can access Victory Drive at two points---where the light is, and the main entrance for the shopping center."

But for Hall--there is one problem, the Truman exit ramp on to Victory. He says it was flawed from the beginning and that could be where we see the most road work.

"D.O.T has agreed to move 10 crape myrtles coming off the interstate right there. So cars can stack in there going east."

From the ramp, heading north, there are also plans to remove parts of the curb so motorists turning right will not have to merge to turn right into Home Depot---it will soon alleviate what Hall calls a "bad situation."

"This is a win win, not just for the district but the city as a whole."

With all of these new businesses, also comes jobs, and Hall says that is the best part. Road construction is expected to begin in the next few months.

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