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Brick mailboxes illegal on some roadways

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January 23, 2006

Albany -- You've seen big brick mailboxes right next to the road. You may have one. But they're illegal on some roads.

An Albany driver plowed through two of them Monday morning on Old Dawson Road. Tina Barrett's Lexus S.U.V. was totaled, but she and her baby were not hurt.

She told Police she was looking in her purse when she ran off the road. Bricks were scattered for hundreds of feet.

Those big mailboxes are actually outlawed on state roads. Georgia Department of Transportation code says "a mailbox installed with a support structure of stone or masonry...is considered a Right of Way Encroachment." Such encroachments are unlawful on "any public road."

Albany and Dougherty County code enforcers say they know there are many brick mailboxes on city streets, but do not know if city or county codes are subject to the Georgia D.O.T. laws.

We could not reach the City Attorney for a clarification.

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