REMERTON -- City Council members unanimously approved the pursuit of improvements to Remerton's thoroughfare during their Thursday meeting.

In a recent letter to Remerton Mayor Peggi Siefert, Von T. Shipman, Valdosta's city engineer, said, "It is becoming increasingly apparent to me that the section of Gordon Street from Lankford (Drive)/ Melody Lane to Baytree (Road) needs to be improved."

Shipman suggested Remerton city leaders propose to the Metropolitan Planning Organization that a third lane be added to the area. The organization deals with improving transportation systems by planning, programming, and coordinating federal highway and transit investments. He said this would provide a much-needed left turn lane and aid traffic flow.

"Due to the improvements of the intersection of Baytree (Road) and Gordon (Street) several years ago, traffic counts are increasing on Gordon (Street) through Remerton," he added. "I am of the opinion this road is vital to the movement of traffic because Gordon (Street) is truly one of the few east/west corridors in the city of Valdosta."

Shipman said the proposed Gordon Street improvement initiative would allow the installation of a drainage system designed to collect the large amount of storm water runoff from adjoining streets. He also said a sidewalk could be constructed along this section of Gordon Street.

"The three-lane section could be achieved by widening each side of the street from Baytree (Road) to Green Street," he said. "At this point, the extra lane would need to be on the west side of Gordon (Street) down to the Creek House property where it would again be split on both sides to Melody Lane/Lankford (Drive)."

Thursday, Remerton City Council members expressed concern regarding the lack of available space to create a third lane. However, they agreed to pursue the matter further and study its feasibility.

While the project is not likely to materialize for a couple of years, Shipman said, "It is important to get the project on the approved list so it can work its way to the top."

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