Emory Street to close next week

Photo by Heather Meadows

Photo by Heather Meadows

Emory Street will be closed beginning Monday through Aug. 4 while the railroad tracks near the intersection with U.S. Highway 278 are ripped up and new paving put down.

The Georgia Department of Transportation issued an alert stating the closing will begin 9 a.m. Monday and run through 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4. Motorists will be directed to detour down Usher and Pace streets. City Hall can be accessed via Usher Street. The railroad track is no longer in use by Norfolk Southern.

About 15 other intersections have been given the same treatment by the city. The DOT is assisting with the Emory Street project as it is located on a state road, said Covington Transportation Project Manager Billy Skinner.

"The city will take up the tracks and the DOT will mill and put base and paving back down on the road. That will take that hump out of there a little bit," he said.

The DOT is expected to get to work on the crossing on U.S. Highway 278 in the next couple of weeks, Skinner said. The road will not be completely shut down, but that will require some lanes to be closed, he said.

Sections of unused track remaining include those on Clark Street and Turner Lake Road, which will be ripped up as part of other road projects, he said.