7/9/2015 – The Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) is advising motorists in Pickens and Dawson counties of a detour off State Route (SR) 53 at the Georgia Northeastern Railroad crossing of South Railroad Street in the city of Tate, scheduled for Friday, July 17, 2015, to accommodate work by the railroad company on rebuilding the crossing at that location. SR 53 will be closed Friday, July 17 through Monday, July 20 and traffic will be detoured off the highway into SR 108 in Tate and SR 183 in Dawsonville.
Eastbound traffic will be detoured off SR 53 onto Highway 108 to Highway 515, right onto Highway 515 to Highway 136, left on Highway 136 to Highway 183 and back to SR 53. Westbound traffic will be redirected in Dawsonville onto Highway 183, right onto Highway 183 to Highway 136, left onto Highway 136 to Highway 515, left on Highway 515 to Highway 108 and back to SR 53. Message boards at the closure points and detour signs will help drivers navigate around the closed highway.
The Georgia DOT urges motorists in Pickens and Dawson counties to watch out for the message boards at the closing points on SR 53 and signs along the detour route. “We certainly hope that all motorists watch out for these detour signs and be extra cautious while approaching this work zone,” said DeWayne Comer, district engineer at the Georgia DOT office in Cartersville. “We understand that the closure of Highway 53 at this location may cause some inconvenience and delays, but it is necessary for railroad company to rebuild the crossing as quickly as possible and give the roadway back to local traffic and traveling public,” Comer explained.
Georgia DOT urges travelers to call 511 for updated information about this or any other construction project on interstates and state routes. Georgia 511 is a free phone service and website sponsored by State Farm Insurance that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures, and delays due to inclement weather. Callers also can transfer to operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. State Farm also sponsors the Department’s Highway Emergency Response Operators (HERO) program.