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Detours in place for roadwork on Columbia Road 38

by Rhett Gentry | April 27, 2021 at 8:25 a.m.

A portion of Columbia Road 38 will be blocked off today and tomorrow as the Columbia County Road and Bridge Department gets to work on replacing a culvert near the Bethel Church Cemetery. Around 35 homes inhabit the expanse of Columbia Road 38, yet none of them will be stranded as the Road Department works.

“There will be no through traffic, but those on the east side of where the work is being done will be able to detour onto (Columbia Road) 77 and come out on 61 into town,” said County Judge Denny Foster, “And those who live on the west side of where the work is being done can continue on (Columbia Road) 61 from (Columbia Road) 38.”

Foster stated that those on the east side of the road work had to take the same detour over the weekend due to fallen limbs and trees from the thunderstorm on April 23, which were cleared out by the County Road and Bridge Department. That same thunderstorm brought rain with it, showcasing the issue with the culvert.

“There’s a culvert down there that floods every time we have a rain,” said Foster,

“There is a low spot in there that we have to dig up and replace the culverts on.”

According to the Columbia County website, the County Road and Bridge Department maintains over 1,200 miles of paved and unpaved roads and has repaired or replaced 11 county bridges and 505 culverts.

After work is completed on Columbia Road 38, that number will bump up to 506.

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