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Water will be shut off in parts of Thomson Sunday

The talking is over: Change is coming to downtown Thomson.

And it's bringing a few inconveniences with it.

Take for example, Sunday's planned water cut-off, which will affect residents and businesses along Main Street, First Avenue, Church Street and along Gordon Street, including Thomson First United Methodist Church

The water has to be shut off so workers can remove a fire hydrant that presently is located along Main Street near concrete steps of a sidewalk. Workers plan to start removing the hydrant between 8:30 and 9 a.m. on Sunday.

City Water and Sewer Distribution Superintendent Scott Huff said he has no way of knowing how long water services will be off to residents and businesses in the area, but that water service will be restored as quickly as possible.

"Right now, we simply don't know what type of problems we might run into once we start digging to remove the hydrant," Mr. Huff said. "It may take only a little while and then again, it could take several hours. We just don't know."

Meanwhile, work continues along Railroad Street, where several businesses along Railroad Street have been without water for several hours during different times over the last week because of broken water lines or new water pipes having to be installed.

Crews with Georgia Power Company began digging trenches on Monday along Railroad Street so that power lines can be buried. Old power poles now in place will be taken down and new lights installed to match the ones now in place in two new parking lots that are located off Main Street, along First Avenue.

Motorists traveling along Railroad and Main streets over the next two to three weeks are urged to be cautious in the construction zones. Some of the work that will be ongoing during that time will halt or substantially slow down traffic for a while. And from time to time, as work is being done, lane shifts will be necessary.

"The message that we'd like to get out to the residents of the community is that Main Street from the intersection of White Oak Road and Main Street down to the railroad crossing will become more congested during construction with lane shifts, closures, restrictions and finally, no parking on the west side of Main Street," Thomson City Administrator Don Powers said.

Such parking is expected to be permanently eliminated on Jan. 21. Drivers will then have to park in the city's new parking lots behind downtown businesses on the west side or use the big parking lot in the middle of town or the one located along Railroad Street.

Down the road, the project also calls for even more extensive work by crews with the Georgia Department of Transportation who will grind the existing asphalt along Main Street and apply a new asphalt overlay, Mr. Powers added.

Web posted on Thursday, January 17, 2008

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