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DOT mowing state routes in Newton

Georgia Department of Transportation maintenance crews will be mowing the sides of the roadway on state highways 162 and 81. The work began Tuesday and will continue through Thursday, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., weather permitting.

Each day, hundreds of Georgia Department of Transportation employees and contractors work on dozens of highway, bridge and intersection improvements throughout the state. Their work often brings them and heavy machinery in close proximity to travel lanes. Fifty-seven Georgia DOT personnel and many more motorists, passengers and contractors' workers have been killed in highway work zone accidents since 1973. The DOT asks motorists to help prevent these tragedies by slowing down; being especially attentive and cautious when passing through construction work zones; and always driving responsibly.

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