Georgia DOT finishes $35 million road improvement in Brooks County

Published: Aug. 22, 2018 at 6:12 PM EDT
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By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News

August 22, 2018

BROOKS CO., Ga. (WCTV) -- People driving along 10 miles of State Route 133 are beginning to notice improvements. It's part of a $35 million Georgia Department of Transportation project that's wrapping up this week.

The finished portion starts around Peachtree Road in Colquitt County and ends around Jackson Road in Brooks County.

The community of Morven is excited to see part of the road open back up near their hometown. They say the construction has been long, and at times confusing. However, to see it finished will be worth the wait.

"It's going to be nice to get back to normal and get all these barrels out of town," said Danny Johnson, a Morven City Council member.

The population of Morven is just over 500. The route is vital to its life and people.

"A little town like this would probably just dry up and we didn't want that happening," said Johnson.

That's why City Council members, like Danny Johnson and Willie Miller, fought GDOT's original plan to bypass their hometown.

"We're proud to be a small city, but we still need enough people coming through to help the town out with a little revenue," said Miller.

Miller's restaurant, Miller's Barbeque, is located directly on the state route, which is now four lanes across and nearly finished.

"Everybody will be happy once it's completed," said Miller.

They hope the improvements encourage more visitors and help their hometown flourish.

Residents say they're now ready to see the second part finished, which continues through Morven and ends on Pauline Church Road. GDOT says it's currently under construction, but should be finished by November.