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Smoother ride coming for Albany drivers

City commissioners voted Tuesday to allow railroad crossing improvements. / Mary Green

A smoother drive is coming soon for motorists in Albany.

City commissioners voted Tuesday to allow railroad crossing improvements.

Specifically, new concrete panels will be installed along the tracks on three roads: South Westover, South Mock and South Lockett Station.

The total cost is about $322,000, which is covered by SPLOST VII funds.

The city said they've received some complaints about the bumpiness.

"As they go over time, they do get deteriorated, and we're just trying to make it a little bit easier for the vehicles to cross a little bit smoother and more comfortable," Engineering Director Bruce Maples said.

Maples said the railroad companies themselves determine when the work will get done, so these projects are currently on three different timelines.

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