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U.S. 441 bypass in Milledgeville traffic to be detoured

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U.S. 441 bypass in Milledgeville traffic to be detoured

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Portions of the U.S. 441/Milledgeville bypass will be closed on Tuesday, Aug. 21 as there will be repairs for railroad crossings on Roberson Mill Road.

Putnam County drivers heading through Milledgeville may experience delays due to detours on one of the city’s main roads.

Railroad crossing panel repairs will require a one-day closure on U.S. Highway 441 and Roberson Mill Road on Tuesday, Aug. 21. According to a press release by the Georgia Department of Transportation, the closure will begin by 9 a.m.

According to the release, the signed detour route will include Georgia Hwy. 22, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and U.S. Highway 441 Business route, also known as North Columbia Street. Local businesses will still have access to the road right up to the crossing work zone.

The Georgia DOT advises drivers to follow all advanced warning signage during these times. According to the release, with ideal weather, the repairs should be completed by the end of the day Tuesday, if not sooner.

Railroad arms were the subject of many close calls in Baldwin County in July. On the morning of July 13, a Milledgeville family proceeded through a railroad crossing near Navicent Health Baldwin when a railroad arm crossing came down, destroying the windshield of a Dodge Caravan. More recently, a railroad crossing arm in the eastbound lane of Roberson Mill Road came down, and a yellow 18-wheeler “ran right through the barrier and kept going.” According to an article in the July 26 edition of The Baldwin Bulletin, officers at the time were unable to locate the vehicle or its driver.