Macon riverwalk reopens, secure gating planned

lfabian@macon.comMay 1, 2014 

The threat of flooding earlier this week closed the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail at Spring Street.

As late as Thursday morning, a chain stretched across the entrance to the boat landing with orange barrels warning motorists of the temporary closing.

The trail reopened Thursday afternoon after crews check the property and riverbank, said Steve Lawson, director of Parks and Beautification for Macon-Bibb County.

The Ocmulgee River crested at 11.06 feet Wednesday morning, nearly 7 feet below flood stage, but a flood watch had been issued due to anticipated heavy rain. The watch was canceled Wednesday morning.

But unlike last month when the Ocmulgee did flood, trail walkers and visitors could not shift the barrels and enter.

“We did need to put up something that would keep people securely out,” Lawson said. “A boater got in there and had to be rescued.”

For now, the chain will be a better safeguard, but Lawson hopes to find money in the budget for a more secure gate.

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