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Portion of Cochran Short Route set to reopen soon.

For the past several months, people traveling from Cochran to Macon have had to take a detour when they’d reach Twiggs County. That’s because part of GA 87 past the intersection with GA 96 was closed after heavy rain had washed out a portion of the slope the road was on. A Tweet Tuesday by GDOT West Central said slope repairs were in the “home stretch.” Anchors and walers had been installed and the slope was being backfilled. ETA for project completion is end of April.

Another wet night in Cochran.

Another wet night in Cochran.

Though the water didn't get as high as two weeks ago, Thursday night was another wet one around Cochran and Bleckley County.  There were reports of road closures, Dykes Landing was closed due to the high river level.  Water overflowed and puddled along parts of Dykes Street in town.

GDOT to suspend construction-related lane closures for Christmas, New Year's travel periods.

In anticipation of high traffic during both Christmas and New Year’s, the Georgia Department of Transportation announced this week construction-related lane closures on heavily traveled interstate highways and state routes near major shopping areas and tourist locations would be suspended during both holiday travel periods. The suspensions will take place on December 21 at 6 am through December 26 at 10 pm and again at 5 am on December 31 through January 2 at 6 am. Motorists are reminded that work crews may still be in close proximity to highways and safety concerns could require some long-term lane closures to remain in place. Also, incident management or emergency maintenance related lane-closures could happen at any time on any route.

Georgia DOT to suspend construction related lane closures for Thanksgiving holiday.

In an effort to ease traffic congestion, The Georgia Department of Transportation will suspend construction-related lane closures on heavily traveled intestate highways and state routes from 6 am November 27 to 5 am December 2. A release states the move will allow work-zone free travel during the Thanksgiving holiday. Similar restrictions will be in place for Christmas and New Year’s.

Intersection of Fifth, Peter Streets in Cochran closed.

The intersection of Fifth and Peter Street in Cochran will be closed until approximately October 10.  According to a post on the city's Facebook page, the closure is for storm drain repair.

Contraflow due to hurricane evacuations to close part of I-16 East.

Due to the mandatory evacuation of coastal Georgia counties because of Hurricane Dorian, contraflow will take place tomorrow on I-16 East. Starting at 8 am, I-16 East at Exit 39 will be closed to allow four lanes to be used for travel west. The closure is from Dublin to Savannah. All westbound lanes of I-16 will have normal operations.

GDOT to restrict construction-related lane closures for Labor Day weekend.

Because of expected heavy traffic this Labor Day weekend, the Georgia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that construction-related lane closures on interstate highways as well as major state routes that directly serve key tourist and recreation centers would be suspended from August 30 at noon until September 3 at 5 am. A release reminds motorists that crews still may work in proximity to highways and some long-term lane closures could remain in place due to safety concerns. Also lane closures could happen on any route due to incident management or emergency maintenance.