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Ocmulgee river walk closed for I-75/I-16 interchange construction

Workmen install a 3-foot pipe under a section of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail Wednesday.
Workmen install a 3-foot pipe under a section of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail Wednesday. bcabell@macon.com

Walkers, runners and cyclists will have to detour around construction near the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail.

Georgia Department of Transportation contractors are closing part of the popular river walk for about two weeks.

Beginning Wednesday, the trail closed near and under the Otis Redding Memorial Bridge on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard as crews began installing storm drain pipes.

“People won’t be able to access the trail from Central City Park to the east side of the Martin Luther King Jr. bridge,” said Sam Kitchens, director of the Macon-Bibb Parks and Beautification department.

Kitchens said trail users’ patience will pay off with a “much-improved trail that stretches from Amerson Park to the Ocmulgee National Monument.”

The work is part of the $500 million interchange project on Interstates 75 and 16 corridor through Macon.

Liz Fabian: 478-744-4303, @liz_lines

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