Around 35 miles of abandoned railroads in Macon could turn into a bike trail connecting parts of central Georgia.

The Rails-to-Trails program searches the country for unused railways like the one near downtown Macon.

With grant money and other funds, they would transform this into a green space that stretches through Gray and ends in Milledgeville.

The project comes at no cost to the city, but a council committee did give their approval for Rails-to-Trails to start their work.

The project is estimated to cost $17 million to $20 million.

Also at Tuesday's public properties committee meeting, downtown business owners voiced their concerns about street closings during big events.

Many of them say customers and deliveries could not get to their stores, and they did not have enough notice to make a back-up plan.

Council member Rick Hutto drafted legislation that would require businesses and residents to be notified of a street closing seven days before an event. The Macon Police Department will also have to put up signs at least 72 hours in advance.

Hutto says, "All we want to do is make sure that we are all working together because the businesses that are affected, the people who live in downtown for example, are here 365 days of the year."

The Macon Film Commission says it will be difficult for movie makers to comply with Hutto's proposal, because sometimes they have to shoot at a location on short notice.

Elliott Dunwody with the commission says the spots for the film "Need for Speed" will be released next week. Filming is scheduled to start this month.

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