Cooler Weather, Horrible Bridge Project in Suches Needs Immediate Comment, Blues & Barbecue Festival, Barry Waldrep at Gibbs Gardens

Yesterday, it was finally a little cooler, starting off around 66 and ending a little over 70, at least on our porch. I’ll bet I’m not the only one who is hoping it’s a trend.

The Georgia DOT is planning to close the bridge at Lake Winfield Scott on SR 180 for an entire year. You may not know this road, which runs between Suches and Vogel State Park, but it connects Suches with SR 19/129 at Vogel, and it is a vital emergency route. According to Lamar Paris, Union County’s Commissioner, it will increase emergency response time by 45 minutes, when response times are already extremely long. This is an irresponsible plan, and it poses an unacceptable public safety risk. Please take time to send a brief comment. Comments close September 8th, so it needs to be done ASAP.

To do so online, visit Then, select Union County in the “By County” box menu and click “Go” next to the box. After that, look for and click the link for “8/25/16 – SR 180 at Slaughter Creek (Detour OH).” Up above the general description will be a link marked “Comment.” Click on this and fill out the form.

Handwritten comment cards can also be mailed to: Mr. Eric Duff, Georgia Department of Transportation, 600 West Peachtree Street NW, 16th Floor, Atlanta, Georgia 30308.

You can read the whole story on the following links to the North Georgia News.

The Blues & Barbecue Festival is Saturday, September 17, in downtown Blue Ridge. See previous columns for details or visit the website.

Unfortunately, the same day, Gibbs Gardens is featuring Barry Waldrep and Kelli Johnson. He’s an excellent guitarist, so if the blues aren’t your cup of tea, this might fit the bill.




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