Fayette County assists Spalding County with major roadway cleaning

Tree damage following a storm. Shutterstock image.
Tree damage following a storm. Shutterstock image.

The Fayette County Road Department assisted Spalding County by helping Spalding crews clear their major roadways following tornadic winds Jan. 12.

“We responded at 6:30 p.m. with a crew of five workers, two pickup trucks, grapple skid steer loader, and Gradall. The crew worked all night returning to Fayette County around 6:30 a.m. This morning Spalding County is reporting most of their major roads are open. They did not ask for our help today because Lamar and Upson County are sending crews their way,” Steve Hoffman, Road Department Director said. 

All roads in Fayette County are currently passable and the Road Department crews continue to clean debris from the right-of-way from blown-down trees. 

“Fayette County wants to be a good neighbor in good and bad times. Our Road Department is just one of the departments in the county that answered the call to help during this time. This level of partnership goes beyond county and city lines,” said County Administrator Steve Rapson.

Cleanup continued in Spalding Jan. 15 along Ga. Highway 16 West from Griffin. A driver experienced an hour’s delay from inside Griffin to several miles west of the city along Hwy. 16. For several miles traffic was limited to one-way as power company basket trucks lined the northern side of the 2-lane road cutting damaged trees and repairing downed power lines.