When one door closes, another one opens; Akins Pond Road was cleared for traffic Thursday evening around the same time a portion of Highway 24 in northeast Bulloch County was closed for emergency repairs.
A drain pipe damaged, possibly due to excessive rainfall recently, means a portion of Highway 24 between Clito Road and Five Chop Road will be closed as state crews fix the problem.
For several weeks now, bridge repairs closed Akins Pond Road at Mill Creek while contractors repaired pilings and supports, but the road was opened to travelers around 5 p.m. Thursday, said Bulloch County Commission Chairman Roy Thompson.
He and Bulloch County Manager Tom Couch each received the news after speaking with County Engineer Brad Deal, he said.
But repairs in a different area that began Thursday will create detours and possibly a little inconvenience for some as the Georgia Department of Transportation announced an emergency road closure on Hwy, 24 between Five Chop and Clito roads.
According to a GDOT press release issued late Thursday, “The closure is necessary to repair a drain structure under the roadway. Georgia DOT maintenance crews are working to secure structure and site then repair or replace the box culvert.”
spokesperson Jill Nagle said there is no estimate of how long the repairs will
take. “We want to make sure the roadway is safe.”
She confirmed that rains likely caused erosion and other damages, but as of Thursday, crews were still examining the damage and deciding on what will be needed for repairs.
A detour route is already in place.
“Crews will install the road closure with a detour in place, as vehicular traffic cannot cross the roadway during this work,” according to the release. “The roadway will reopen as soon as underground drainage structure work is completed. Further notice will be forthcoming.”
Traffic will be detoured via the Veterans Memorial Parkway (Highway 301 Bypass) and US 301, Dover Road then Oliver Road.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.