New Crosswalk System for Downtown Valdosta

Walking around downtown Valdosta will soon get a little safer, thanks to a $10,000 state grant.

The money will pay for a modern pedestrian crossing signal system to be installed where Bennie's Alley crosses both Ashley and Patterson Streets.

Downtown advocates say the improvement should help attract more visitors to the Azalea City's downtown district.

Niki Knox, Valdosta Main Street director, says, "It continues to allow us to grow and attract new business and be able to market the additional parking space off the street, and allow people to get from one location to another very easily, and safety is a number one factor, always."

Even though the grant is worth $10,000, the entire project will cost $36,000, all to make sure there are no close calls between downtown pedestrians and cars.