Augusta, GA -
Drivers who use Windsor Spring Road need to prepare for road work. Starting tomorrow, widening will begin in the area between Tobacco Road and Willis Foreman Road. News Channel Six's Dee Griffin talked with a man about the project and what it means for his business. The Holiday Market on Windsor Spring Road in South Augusta is known for having top lottery sales in the area. Owner Arvin Patel says, "We sell a lot of lottery. So they give us every week one through thirty numbers and we stand first or second every week." Now the store's owner hopes to hit the jackpot when it comes to a wider street in front of his business. Beginning on Friday, construction will start to widen Windsor Spring Road between Tobacco and Willis Foreman Roads. This stretch of road will grow from the current two lanes into four that is aimed at unblocking heavy congestion that has plagued this main artery into Hephzibah. Bennie Maxie of Augusta explains, "I live off of Willis Foreman Road but I have alternate routes that I take to avoid the traffic at any time. It's too much." The road widening is funded through a transportation project that was approved by voters. For drivers, residents and business owners in the area this is one city project that will hopefully yield a big win. "More and more people might come and our business might increase. We hope so like that," concludes Patel. The complete project is expected to cost 43 million dollars. The second leg of the widening project between Highway 88 and Willis Foreman Road will begin later this year.