Highway 133 in Georgia is being reconstructed into a four-lane highway from Albany to Moultrie.
Several years ago, the portion of the road connecting Valdosta and Moultrie was completed. Now the link between Albany and Moultrie will provide a multi-lane route to Interstate 75 and points south.
“That’s going to be a game-changer,” Dougherty County Commissioner Clinton Johnson, who also serves on the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, said. “I think it’s just another sign of things happening in Dougherty County.”
Work is under way on an 18.7-mile section stretching from Moultrie to Mike Horne Road in Colquitt County. The $73 million project scheduled for completion in early 2023.
A separate 3.47-mile section that starts at Georgia Highway 112 in Worth County and extends to County Line Road in Dougherty County is being cleared. The estimated construction cost is $28.7 million for the project. April 2024 is an estimated completion date.
Clearing work has begun on the side of the roadway stretching all the way to Mock Road.
Having a four-lane connection to the interstate opens up lots of possibilities, noted Johnson. Industries like having quick access to major highways to move their products.
“We also have (Highway) 300 that takes us north on I-75,” Johnson said. “I would like to look at north Florida and start bringing in businesses and industries into our community.”
While the work is going on, the route presents some delays as the road construction zone extends from Mock Road to Highway 112 in Worth County, and the 45 miles per hour zone also is in effect in the Colquitt County portion of construction. Speeding tickets in work zones can bring stiffer penalties than those in normal traffic conditions.
Once completed, the new route should provide a quicker and safer drive.