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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Macon-Bibb Commissioners want to make a change to a west Macon road. They say the change will attract more tourism.
In a unanimous vote during Tuesday’s committee meeting, Commissioners are trying to change the name of Thomaston Road to Tobesofkee Parkway. The name change will be from I-475, to the Monroe County line.
“We got to show people and give them a reason to go to Tobesofkee and help the businesses out there,” Commissioner Joe Allen said.
The name change is how commissioners plan to bring more people to west Macon.
”We’re already self-sufficient with the funds we take in annually. Hopefully, it will give the visitors a direct approach how to get to the lake and bring more visitors to Macon-Bibb,” Lake Tobesofkee Director Donald Bracewell said.
With more tourism, comes more revenue.
”I get asked a lot about new businesses coming. Competition is a good thing. You want businesses to come because it brings more people out here. More people. More business. More exposure,” Tommy’s Cafe owner Tommy Sadler said.
Sadler says he’s excited about the potential name change, because he thinks it will bring more attention to west Macon.
”This area seems to be forgotten and it’s kind of just west Macon. People that come to this area to go to the lake see a lot of potential out here, with the new shopping center coming across the street. It’s really going to add character,” Sadler said.
State lawmakers need to approve the change since it’s a state road. Commissioners will present the ordinance during next year’s legislative session. If approved, the Georgia Department of Transportation will make the changes.