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Going the extra mile
Road crew workers work on day off to prepare roads for holiday travel
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Road scrapers fill in foot-deep ruts on Ponderosa Road off Hwy. 25 Wednesay. County employees postpone vacation time to grade dirt roads in poor shape after rains before the holidays.
   Wednesday was a holiday for Bulloch County road crew workers, but many of them volunteered to work so citizens can travel safely during the Christmas holiday.
    Giving up time with family, opportunities to do last-minute shopping and prepare for holiday gatherings, the off-duty workers geared up to get 14 motor graders in motion Wednesday, scraping and repairing dirt roads throughout the county that were damaged by recent rains.
    Some of the county's roadways were rendered impassable by heavy rainfall and flooding, said Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn. In many cases, the roads were too wet for heavy equipment to get in to do repairs until the ground dried. But, facing more rain possibly this evening and Friday, county workers knew they needed to strike while the iron was hot - and the roads a little less saturated than they were last week.
    "They (road crew employees) only work a four-day week," said Bulloch County Road Superintendent Eddie Smith. "(Wednesday) is actually their holiday, but they volunteered to work. A lot will come back next week, when they are also off, to do more road work."
    Smith said he is impressed by the workers' willingness to give up their free time to help the community by making as many roads as possible safer for travel.
    "We do have good people who are willing to go the extra mile," he said. Volunteer road crew workers will be working a half day today as well, hoping to repair as may roads as possible, he said.

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