Georgia Department of Transportation officials say thieves have stolen hundreds of metal storm grates from highways throughout metro Atlanta. Department of Transportation spokesman Mark McKinnon said the nearly 600 thefts happened within the past three months.
Authorities are trying to determine what, if anything, could have prevented Wednesday’s 27 car pileup on Interstate 16 west of Dublin. The morning rush hour accident killed four people and injured nine.
One westbound lane of Interstate 16 remained closed early Thursday, a day after 27 cars and trucks collided in a fiery pileup. Georgia Department of Transportation officials said the right, westbound lane is expected to be closed until noon Thursday. The chain-reaction accidents around 8:10 a.m. Wednesday killed four people and sent nine others to a hospital.
The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced it plans to begin working on 17 infrastructure improvement projects throughout the state. A new $8.7 million bridge will be built to replace an outdated and narrow structure spanning Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River new the Olympic rowing venue in Hall County.
State road crews are preparing for a long, cold night in north Georgia. Continued rain and falling temperatures will mean snow for areas north of Atlanta and Athens. Freezing temperatures will extend south to the Macon area. Forecasters and the state transportation department are warning drivers to watch out for black ice Thursday night and early Friday morning.
The Georgia Department of Transportation last week signed a contract to build the last nine-or-so miles of the Fall Line Freeway. Communities along the route are hopeful better access via the four-lane highway will mean new growth and new companies come to their areas.
Looming highway construction plans in Macon are heating up long-simmering resentment in the neighborhood that will be most affected, and reviving memories of what some call a dark page in America’s transportation history.