Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:57 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:57:23 GMT
Blake Samples, 34, is charged with the murder of Dusty Carroll in Colquitt County. Carroll died after being shot on April 28 at the residence of Samples' ex-wife. Carroll drove himself to the hospital,More >>
Blake Samples, 34, is charged with the murder of Dusty Carroll in Colquitt County.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
September 13, 2002
Lee County--The last leg of the U.S. 19 road widening project is underway in Lee County. In the late 1980's, the Governor's Road Improvement Program, or GRIP, selected rural corridors in Georgia to become four lane highways. U.S. 19 from the Florida border to County Road 151 in Lee County is done, now 20 miles into Sumter County is next on the list.
It seems that every other vehicle passing through Smithville on U.S.19 is a tractor trailer or truck. It's a pretty busy intersection for a two lane road. Garbage truck driver Alexander McCoy has to drive on this road nearly everyday to do his job, and he is happy to hear of a plan to widen the road. McCoy says, "The guys on the back, if we are on one lane sometimes have to cross the road sometimes traffic real bad, can have a tendency to get hit by a car."
But, safety is just one reason why this road is on the list to be widened. Don Gaskins from the D.O.T says, "To help spur economic development to some of the lesser areas of the state that do not have access to four lane roads."
U.S. 19 is already a four lane road from the Florida border to this intersection in Lee County, at County road 151. The next twenty miles will be widened, right into Sumter County just past the Muckalee Creek Bridge, but it doesn't end there. Gaskins says, "We are looking toward a 4 land corridor all the way to Griffin on U.S. 19."
But, before construction starts, there are still several hurdles to cross, like an environmental study and developing a right of way plan. The project costs 18 million dollars and construction is scheduled to start Summer 2002.
The D.O.T. will hold dual public hearings on the road widening project. One will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Americus, the other at the Smithville Fire Station. They're set for September 19th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.