Railroad work to close big stretch of Ga. 96

mstucka@macon.comMarch 10, 2014 

Scheduled railroad work will close major road intersections of Ga. 96 in Houston and Twiggs counties two Saturdays from now. The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to put travelers on a detour that will take about 46 miles to work around the normal nine-mile road connection between Houston and Twiggs counties.

Norfolk Southern Railroad has said the work will be performed, weather permitting, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. March 22. The railroad work requires intersections to be closed, including Ga. 96 at Ga. 247 in Bonaire, as well as the intersection of Ga. 96 with U.S. 23 and Ga. 87 in Twiggs County, near Tarversville.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said a detour will direct people along Ga. 87 south to Cochran, west along Ga. 26 to Hawkinsville, and back north along Ga. 247 to Bonaire.

It’s also about a 46-mile detour to go north through Macon, according to Google Maps.

The railroad will work to smooth out a rough crossing on Ga. 96. Motorists should avoid the area and expect delays, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

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