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Extension project affects business

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Parker's Gas Station in Georgetown is closed after the GDOT acquired the land through eminent domain.

GDOT is working on a project to help alleviate traffic at the intersection of King George Boulevard and Abercorn Extension. It's known as a bottleneck for people who live in the area.

Greg Parker, owner of Parker's, says this has been in the works for a couple of years now.

He's upset because this was his first store in Chatham County and it was quite successful. He says he didn't get a fair price for the land when GDOT bought it.  

On top of that, Parker said he can't find another location to build a Parker's for all the customers who used to come to the one in Georgetown.

"We've looked everywhere from Middleground Road out to I-95 and we are having a difficult time trying to find a location that would meet the needs of these customers that are used to shopping with us," said Parker.

Crews are building what's called a flyover which will run over through where the Parker's sits now.

"I understand the traffic issues but it's really sad for us," said Parker.

The flyover will raise Abercorn Ext. over King George Boulevard. It will get rid of the red light that causes long backups during rush hour and the new interchange will have looping exit and entrance ramps that will keep traffic flowing.

Even though Parker's had to be sacrificed to complete the project, loyal customers are glad the commute will be a little easier

 "It's unfortunate for Parker's, but fortunately for us and the traffic at 5 p.m. is going to be good," said customer Jim Muenckler.  

GADOT officials say there have been so many crashes in this area and this 1.5 mile project will hopefully reduce the risks.

"I think that with the expansion of the roadways, it's going to cut down on some of the traffic and make the commuting a little bit better," said Muenckler. "Unfortunately the convenience won't be here for us."

The project will begin January 2014 and will take about 2 years.

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