A year after the state government decided to scrap the road to the north of the state capital, the old city has a lot of new developments on the horizon.
A new residential development, a shopping mall, and a hotel are all set to open in the coming months.
The road, which is only five miles from the city center, has seen its share of challenges and setbacks, including the demolition of a gas station that was the catalyst for the closure of the highway.
It has also been a source of tension with residents who say they have had to endure the constant presence of the police in the old section of town and in the area around the highway and highway viaduct.
According to the state of Georgia, the road will be rebuilt, with some alterations to the existing road and some additions to the old, abandoned road, but it is not clear when it will be finished.
“It’s been a very long road,” said one resident of the old old town, who wished to remain anonymous.
But some residents are not convinced.
“It was supposed to be a bridge, but now it’s just a bridge,” said resident Michael Mott.
“We’ve been in there for years, and we’re tired of it,” added resident James Hightower.
“The highway was supposed in the 1930s to be for a shopping center, and now it just sits there,” said another resident, who did not want to be named.
A recent decision to remove the gas station has sparked opposition from residents who claim the highway is a safety hazard.
State Highway Patrol Trooper Michael Sauer has also faced criticism for his handling of the situation, and several residents have complained about the fact that the highway patrol did not have an active presence in the town at the time of the closure.
The state has now set up a committee to determine how best to reopen the road.
“We are trying to figure out what kind of changes we can make to it so that it can move forward,” Georgia Highway Patrol spokesperson Michael Wainstein said.
Sauer did not respond to a request for comment about the road’s status.