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Local Tax Payers Petition Berckman's Road Construction

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Richmond County tax payer money-- nearly 17-million dollars---allocated for one major project: widening Beckman's Road and replacing a bridge on the road over Rae's Creek.

Taxpayers who live on Berckman's road say the project is a  waste. In fact, they're fighting to save the street in front of their homes by protesting, and posting these signs.

Some believe the largest golf tournament of the year is the true reason behind the change.

Pat Cheeseborough says, "For Augusta National."

Project leaders admit  the changes would help ease traffic during Master's week.

Project Manager, Steve Cassel says, "Obviously it impacts property owners as well. I can't ignore the fact that there's a tournament there once a year. So everything I do is going to have to have that in mind."

The northern section of Berckmans Road, which borders Augusta National Golf Club, will be redirected to align with Alexander Drive, less than a half-mile from where it now intersects Washington Road at National Hills shopping center.

Project Manager Steve Cassel says, "It's going to create a north south connection between Riverwatch, Gordon Highway and Dean Bridge Road. We don't have a connection there."

Homeowners near Berkman's Road say they're more concerned with the widening of the street than any other part of the project.

They think it will affect their own property--they don't want to have to give up anything that's theirs.

Project manager, Steve Cassel says they'll work hard to not let that happen. However, the final plans are still on the drawing board.

"There's actually about 60 feet of right away in most areas. So, even what we would need, is not that much. Right now, we show it is a 3-lane concept all the way between ingleside and wheeler. I'm thinking we don't even need that."

City leaders say it may take a year to finalize the plans. In the mean time local residents say they'll  keep fighting to save Berkman's road.

To learn more click here http://www.augustaga.gov/index.aspx?NID=1599&ART=3865&ADMIN=1

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