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Highway named in memory of former mayor

June 28, 2004

Douglas- The late Max Lockwood served in many capacities, mayor of Douglas, president of the Douglas Rotary Club, and chairman of the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority. Still most know him for his work to improve transportation.

"441 he felt had been the red-headed step child that had kind of been pushed back, and he saw the need for us, those of us living on 441 to have four lanes," says his widow, Ginny Lockwood.

And he devoted his time to making that happen not just for the portion that ran through South Georgia, but for all communities along U.S. Highway 441.

For that, lawmakers decided to dedicate the section of the highway from Douglas to the Ocmulgee River Bridge to his memory.

"I am humbled and I am grateful. It is a great day."

"For all the folks who came and shared their memories of my father it's a very special day to my mother, and we're very grateful," adds his son Charles Lockwood.

Lockwood never got to see the entire stretch of 441 being expanded to four lanes, but friends and family say they won't let his dream die.

"Jobs follow roads, four lane roads. Folks have to get their merchandise to market and even the people who sell things to the people who make the products that go to market, they're dependant on that as well. So we want to see it fulfilled," says Charles Lockwood.

With the foundation already laid by his father, Lockwood's son believe's the dream will soon become reality.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has already posted signs along U.S. Highway 441 marking the Max Lockwood Memorial Corridor.

Posted at 5:35 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com

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