The SR 211 Railroad Crossing in downtown Statham will be closed today for roadwork until approximately 1 p.m., according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Vehicles will be detoured to the 8th Street railroad crossing, where they will then turn onto Broad Street and back to SR211.
The scope of the DOT’s work includes installing permanent striping to four inches of added asphalt that was put in on Monday. Temporary striping is in place now while the roadway is open for use.
A DOT press release says that the work is due to the railroad installing new concrete panels at the SR211 crossing that raised the grade, creating a lower clearance for vehicles than before, the release states.
“Georgia DOT worked to find a solution we could implement quickly. I am proud to recognize Debbie Blackwell, Adran Beasley, Chris Dills, Horatio Puerta, Hoyt Gosnell, Todd Wood, Billy Cantrell and their teams. They brainstormed until a workable solution was developed and implemented it quickly to improve the overall operation and safety of State Route 11 for Statham. Immediately motorists crossing the tracks in Statham noticed the difference. Please continue to slow down through the area and remember, crews will be striping and lanes will be closed Tuesday, May 29th,” said District Engineer, Bayne Smith.