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Free “Get Outdoors Georgia Day” set for June 14

Stand-up paddle boarding, archery and tree climbing are just some of the free activities offered during “Get Outdoors Georgia Day” on June 14. Hosted by Sweetwater Creek State Park just west of Atlanta, the celebration encourages Georgians of all ages to sample a variety of outdoor recreation. Visitors can also watch live animal programs and browse environmental booths. The event runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on June 14, and is part of the seventh annual “National Get Outdoors Day” created by Get Outdoors USA.

Throughout the day, visitors can try canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding and aquacycling on the park’s 215-acre lake. Volunteers will teach fly tying and casting, while the Georgia Department of Natural Resources offers shooting sports and live wildlife programs. Technology fans can try out treasure hunting with the Georgia Geocachers Association. Disc golf will be available as well.

Several booths will offer information about enjoying Georgia’s great outdoors, such as Leave No Trace, Edge of Night Camping Club, Greening Youth Foundation, Georgia Grown and the state’s First-Time Camper program. An imagi-play zone and recreation station will be set up for children. Chick-fil-A will sell lunch items, and visitors may also bring picnics. The event is in partnership with the American Recreation Coalition and is supported by Coleman, Walmart, SC Johnson OFF!, Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites, and local Chick-fil-A stores.

Sweetwater Creek State Park is located at 1750 Mt. Vernon Road in Lithia Springs. A free shuttle will be available from event parking at Lithia Springs High School (2520 East County Line Road). Event details are listed on www.GeorgiaStateParks.org.

Because June is “National Get Outdoors Month,” dozens of additional events will be hosted by state parks all across Georgia. For a complete list of programs, such as cave tours and frog walks, visit www.GaStateParks.org/events.

EXPECT A DETOUR OFF US 411 IN MURRAY COUNTY

CHATSWORTH, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) is advising motorists in Murray County of a detour off Lucas Road at State Route (SR) 2/US 411, scheduled for Monday, June 2, 2014, to accommodate work on rehabilitating the bridge over CSX railroad.  This detour is expected to stay in place until July 27. US 411 at this location will be closed and northbound traffic will be detoured into SR 268 West, SR 225 North, SR 2 East and back to US 411. Southbound traffic will be redirected onto SR 2 West, SR 225 South, SR 286 East and back to US 411 South.

The Georgia DOT urges motorists in Murray County to watch out for the message board at the closing points of US 411 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.

Work on this project to rehabilitate the bridge on SR 2/Us 411 over CSX railroad in Murray County has just begun and is expected to be completed by the end of September 2014, at a construction cost of nearly $494,975.

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 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. More information is available at www.511ga.org.

EXPECT A DETOUR OFF LUCAS ROAD AT HIGHWAY 113 IN BARTOW COUNTY

The Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) is advising motorists in Bartow County of a detour off Lucas Road at State Route (SR) 113, scheduled for Thursday, May 22, 2014, to accommodate work on lowering the existing road and tie it in to SR 113.  This detour is expected to stay in place for two weeks. Lucas road will be temporarily closed and traffic will be detoured into Kincannon Road and SR 113.

The Georgia DOT urges motorists in Bartow County to watch out for the message board at the closing point of  Lucas Road 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.

This construction operation is part of a 3.77 mile project of widening and reconstruction on SR 113, beginning west of Taft Road and extending to east of Old Alabama Road in Bartow County. The project also includes the relocation of Old Alabama Road and construction of three bridges that lie within the limit of the project.  Work on this project began early February 2013 and the entire project is expected to be completed by the end of March 2015, at a construction cost of nearly $16, 920,379.

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 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. More information is available at www.511ga.org.