Saturday, May 25 2013 8:43 PM EDT2013-05-26 00:43:55 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
New gas and water lines have to be installed before the old Broad Avenue bridge can be demolished. Parts of Broad Avenue and Front Street were closed Tuesday and a popular lunch spot took a hit as patrons steered clear of the construction site.
Construction is underway to install a new gas line, which will run under the Flint River and new Broad Avenue bridge.
"What they're doing is they're going to now start pulling this pipe back under the river so that it can eventually disconnect the old gas main and hook up the new gas main. And they'll do the same thing in a short period of time with the water main that's on the bridge," said Bruce Maples, the Albany Director of Engineering.
Before construction workers can demolish the old bridge, the gas and water main have to be disconnected.
The bridge has been closed since early 2009 when inspectors found the footings in the river were severely deteriorated.
Replacing the bridge will cost a little more than $11.8 million, mostly paid for by the Georgia Department of Transportation. It could be three more years before it's completed.
Business owners in the area are looking forward to the finished product, but right now the construction is hurting some businesses.
"We normally serve about 250, 300 people at lunch. And today it looks like we may serve 30 to 40," said Dale Saunders, the owner of Riverfront Bar-B-Q.
He says he would have closed Tuesday had he known the extent of the construction.
"The things that make it bad is we can't even park across the street and walk across to the restaurant because of the pipe, so I didn't realize that. I didn't really know the whole street would be closed," said Saunders.
While Riverfront Bar-B-Q patrons were a little confused on where to park, some say they don't mind the temporary disruption.
"It's got to be done, so it's just a small inconvenience that's all it is," said Bernard Byron.
The Georgia Department of Transportation gave construction workers until Thursday to have the gas line installed.
But workers are hoping to finish installing the gas line sometime Wednesday. Officials are urging residents to avoid the area if at all possible during the construction.
Once the new gas line is finished officials will have a better idea of when they'll start installing the water line.