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Contracts awarded for bridge replacements, resurfacings in Southwest Georgia

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TIFTON, Ga. (WALB) – Several contracts were awarded for bridge replacements and road resurfacing projects in Southwest Georgia.

According to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), about $21 million in awarded construction contracts will go towards a 65-year-old bridge on a county road in Colquitt County.

The largest portion of the money will be used to replace “aging, weight-posted bridges” on Ellenton Omega Road in Colquitt County.

The bridges over Warrior Creek were built in 1936 and reconstructed in 1959, Warrior Creek overflow was built in 1959, and Ty Ty Creek which was also built in 1959, according to GDOT. The bridge replacements are part of the Department’s Local Bridge Replacement Program.

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“They are being replaced due to the ages of the bridges and because none meet current design standards. Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) bridge programs help replace bridges that aren’t on the state highway system, which reduces the number of deficient or weight-posted bridges,” the release said.

The release said the bridges will be raised three feet to provide “adequate clearance over the 100-year flood elevation.” Traffic will not have to detour off site during construction.

The $11.6 million construction was awarded to Southern Concrete Construction Co. Inc. Construction is expected to be completed in summer 2026.

The road resurfacing projects will be on State Route 122 in Thomas County and State Route 91 in Dougherty County. A total of 21 miles of roadway will be resurfaced, according to GDOT.

Reames and Son Construction Co. Inc. was awarded about $5 million. It will go to resurfacing State Route 122 in Thomas County from east of US 19/Thomasville bypass to the Brooks County line.

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About $4.5 million was awarded to Griffin Grading & Concrete LLC. State Route 91 in Dougherty County will be resurfaced from north of SR 234 to the Lee County line.

Both resurfacing projects are expected to be completed in spring 2025.

GDOT said that the contracts were awarded in May and June to the lowest qualified bidder.

“A reminder that start dates have not been determined for any of these contracts and scheduled completion dates are subject to change,” the release said.

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Amazon driver caught speeding down Georgia sidewalk in TikTok video: ‘ETA: Right now’

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An Amazon driver was caught speeding down a Georgia sidewalk in a shocking disregard for the law captured on video and uploaded to TikTok.

The driver may have been trying to live up to the company slogan “ETA: Right now” sprawled across the Prime delivery truck, as seen in the clip.

An Amazon driver was caught speeding down a Georgia sidewalk in a shocking disregard for the law. Storyful

A passenger in a passing car filmed the unbelievable off-course driving on Friendship Road in Flowery Branch on July 14, according to Storyful.

The delivery driver was going about 35 miles per hour on the pedestrian path, the TikToker who captured the video estimated.

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The employee has since been let go by the e-commerce giant.


A passenger in a passing car filmed the unbelievable off-course driving on Friendship Road in Flowery Branch on July 14, according to Storyful.
A passenger in a passing car filmed the unbelievable off-course driving on Friendship Road in Flowery Branch on July 14. Storyful

“This was reckless and unacceptable behavior. We’ve investigated the incident and this driver is no longer delivering packages on behalf of Amazon,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement to the outlet.

The Post has reached out to the company.





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Kamala Harris wins over Georgia Democrats: 'Georgia is all in'

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Georgia Democrats rallied in support of Vice President Kamala Harris, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, at Liberty Plaza on Wednesday.

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“We are here to make it clear that Georgia is all in on Vice President Kamala Harris,” Democratic State Sen. Jason Esteves told reporters during a news conference in Downtown Atlanta.

The group is re-energized with VP Harris at the top of the ticket.

“It re-invigorated voters all across the Democratic base and we are so excited,” explained Gwinnett County Chairwoman Nicole Love Hendrickson.

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Georgia made history when President Joe Biden won the swing state in 2020.

State Democrats vow they’ll keep Georgia blue by electing Harris president in 2024.

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“On Monday, the Georgia Democratic Party announced its 2024 convention delegation had unanimously endorsed VP Harris,” DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond told enthusiastic supporters.

Former President Donald Trump was leading President Biden in polling of likely Georgia voters before Biden dropped out of the race.

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A recent AJC poll conducted just hours after Biden withdrew showed Trump with a 5% lead over Vice President Harris.  

“We are cautiously optimistic about  our chances here in Georgia. It is a battleground state.  We have alot of work to do,” Georgia RNC Chairman Josh  McKoon told FOX 5’s Deidra Dukes.

McKoon said the GOP’s  ground game won’t change.

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“Our plan is a fairly simple one,” said McKoon. “It is to get base Republicans out to vote early, so we can focus on those low propensity and persuadable voters in the closing days and weeks of the campaign.  I think if we are able to execute on that strategy President Trump will win Georgia.”



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These 2 Big Lots locations in Georgia will soon be closing

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Two Georgia Big Lots locations will be closing soon, according to the discount retailer’s website.

The store at 13051 Abercorn Street in Savannah and 687 Main Street in Thomson will soon close their doors for good. A final closing date is not yet known.

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The locations’ websites say at the top that it is ‘closing this location’ and offering up to 20% off certain items.

The closures come after Big Lots announced earlier this month that it would close 35 to 40 stores across the country, citing “elevated inflation” and decreased consumer spending.

“In 2024, the U.S. economy has continued to face macroeconomic challenges, including elevated inflation, which has adversely impacted the buying power of our customers,” a financial disclosure from Big Lots.

Big Lots, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, has 51 other Georgia locations, including 3190 Atlanta Hwy in Athens, that will remain open, according to the location’s website.



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