At the request of Norfolk Southern Railway, the Department of Transportation will close the railroad crossing on Veteran’s Parkway near Highway 36 and Thomaston Street. Improvements to the track will be made. Traffic will be detoured from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Thursday, May 8, weather permitting.
This railway maintenance operation and the road closure is a necessity to enable the railway in creating a smooth transition for motorists at this rail crossing, according to a DOT press release.
Motorists will be able to access businesses, schools and residences in the area up to the work zone. Detour routes will be as follows:
• Traffic traveling from Upson County on 36 will be directed to continue onto Thomaston Street for three-tenth of a mile to Rose Avenue. Turn left onto Rose and travel to its intersection with the four-lane.
• Traffic traveling from Spalding County will be directed to turn left onto Rose to Thomaston Street, turning right and continuing back to its intersection with Veteran’s.
The Lamar County Trojans defeated Fitzgerald 2-1 Tuesday night in round two of the GHSA Class AA state soccer playoffs.
The first half ended in a 0-0 tie but Fitzgerald took a 1-0 lead in the second half. Tyler Scandrett, a young man accustomed to heroics, scored two goals in the last 10 minutes to power the Trojans to victory.
The Trojans will play either Bremen or Wesleyan Friday - time and place to be decided.
Meeting a group of people who have faced incredible odds, done what they could to overcome them, endured, struggled and remained positive and inspirational through it all, can change your life. It changed mine.
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We have approximately 5149 members without power right now. Outages are spread across our system but mainly in Meriwether, Pike, Lamar and Upson counties. Crews have been working all morning but the wind is causing major problems with the saturated ground and weakened trees and limbs from all the previous severe weather we've had this year. This wind is basically snapping any trees and limbs that were damaged in the ice storm and uprooting trees in some areas all of which can easily tear down a power line even if they're well outside our right of way. We caution everyone to stay away from any fallen power lines or trees or limbs that may be touching a line. Members can call our outage hotline at 1-866-244-4890 to report outages.
1 p.m. UPDATE: Crews are making progress with outages down from over 5000 early this morning to approximately 676 as of 11:30 a.m. Two additional crews are on the way to assist with restoration efforts from Middle Georgia EMC in Vienna in addition to help from Harper’s Tree Service.
The majority of the remaining outages are in Meriwether, Pike and Lamar counties. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we continue with restoration efforts and again, we urge everyone to use extreme caution around fallen power lines and trees or limbs that may be touching lines. Outages can be reported at 1-866-244-4890.