Improvements Coming to Downtown Augusta

AUGUSTA — Downtown Augusta will be getting several improvements over the next several years thanks to the Transportation Investment Act.

This week, Commissioners will approve a $1.2 million dollar study for the downtown area.

City leaders want to fix up Broad, Greene, and Telfair Streets, as well as the 5th Street Bridge.

Another big part of the project is an upgrade to the James Brown statue.

The Godfather of Soul’s monument could get flashing lights, music, and other new features.

Commissioners will vote on the study this Tuesday at noon.

Also this week, Augusta’s Downtown Advisory Panel will be re-established.

The group has been inactive for more than two years after several members resigned or moved out of the city.

The DAP is supposed to advise commissioners about problems in the downtown area.

Recently, members say a big problem they are facing is the mess that dogs leave behind on the sidewalks in downtown Augusta.

Commissioners will approve changes to the panel this week to make it active again.

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