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Downtown resurfacing project to tie up traffic

For the next two weeks, traffic in downtown Thomson is expected to be backed up because of a resurfacing project that got underway on Tuesday.

Thomson City Administrator Don Powers said work crews with the Georgia Department of Transportation began Tuesday morning clearing old pavement from the highway at the railroad tracks to White Oak Street.

"I would strongly suggest that motorists take an alternate route if they have to travel through town for any reason, because traffic is going to be pretty hectic for at least two weeks," Mr. Powers said.

Work first began at the railroad tracks and continued northward along Main Street to White Oak Street on Tuesday. Traffic was down to just one lane and is expected to remain that way through the end of this week.

Next week, another phase of a TE grant that the city received from the Georgia Department of Transportation will be implemented with the resurfacing of that stretch of Main Street, Mr. Powers said. Participating in that part of the project will be workers with MFS Grading of Thomson - the firm that has been involved in downtown revitalization for much of the year.

New sidewalks, curbs and gutters now exist along Main and Railroad streets, along with new street lamps.

Mr. Powers said a temporary overlay will be made along each lane of Main Street from in front of Thomson City Hall to White Oak Street, so as to realign the lanes. The final step in the process will be resurfacing the highway.

Officers with the Thomson Police Department will be assigned to direct traffic flow along the busy highway for the next two weeks.

Residents living on side streets in the downtown area are reminded that traffic will be heavier than usual in their neighborhoods and that they should use caution.

"It's really going to make our city look much nicer once all the revitalization work is completed," Mr. Powers said.

Web posted on Thursday, May 29, 2008

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