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Augusta Could Join Airport For Parkway Landscaping

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Annisa Jones and her mom came to the Augusta Regional Airport to drop of a relative, and they say the road leading in was nothing to write home about.

"How did it look? Did it strike you as pretty or anything?" we asked. "It was decent, it could be a little better," said Jones.

Augusta businessman Barry Storey wants this entry way to be better. He's proposing the airport pay up to $250,000 for a major landscaping project.

New trees and ornamental plants would beautify Doug Barnard Parkway from the airport entrance to Bobby Jones Expressway. Airport officials feel it's the right way to go.

"We feel we're the gateway to the Garden City, the first thing people see and the last thing people see when they visit Augusta, so we want to make sure Augusta leaves a good impression on all the visitors," says Airport spokesperson Lauren Smith.

But, Doug Barnard Parkway doesn't end at Bobby Jones Expressway. It goes all the way to Gordon Highway and this stretch of parkway is also in need of beautification.

"We've got some gateway money...go up to Gordon Highway and deal with that. It's one of the projects we've attempted to look at the last couple of years and have some dollars available for that,"  says City Administrator Fred Russell.

The exact cost of landscaping all the parkway isn't known, but the airport is ready to climb on board, and if one section of Doug Barnard Parkway gets a makeover, the city appears willing to pay for the rest of the way.

"We do have some dollars available through the gateway program, we'll do what it takes to make it right," says Russell. "You can't leave part of it landscaped and part of it not?" we asked. "No, it's the follow through we have to have here," says Russell.

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