Masters Week prep under way

B.J. Rucker paints the barrier of a parking area on Broad Street.

Augusta's public service crews are busy sprucing up downtown and areas around Augusta National in preparation for next month's Masters tournament.

The cleaning is mainly a slightly heightened version of the tasks the facilities and maintenance departments complete throughout the year, said Wayne Shelly, superintendent for Augusta Public Works.

"We put a little more emphasis on it with all the guests coming to Augusta, but we don't' neglect any other part of town," he said.

Projects include sweeping streets, picking up trash, trimming grass and placing plant beds.

Areas throughout the county will receive attention throughout the spring and summer, but officials try to focus the first efforts on areas such as the Hill, downtown and Washington Road because of the tournament, said Rick Acree, assistant director of public services.

"We try to get our gateways and the major intersections, which is our responsibility anyway," he said.