On October 10th the 115 miles per hour winds of Hurricane Michael flattened and destroyed thousands of road signs in Seminole County and throughout southwest and southern Georgia.
Immediately after the destruction caused by Michael’s force, the Georgia Department of Transportation began replacing all affected traffic critical signs; however, today, more than five months later, the Georgia Department of Transportation is still working to get non-critical directional and informative road signs repaired or replaced.
Juanita Birmingham, the communications specialist with the Georgia Department of Transportation commented, “Our sign repair and replacement trucks are equipped with all items needed for critical sign replacement such as stop signs and warning signs. Directional and location specific signs have to be special ordered and require additional time. All critical state placed signs were replaced as soon as possible after the storm back in October and all non-critical signs have been ordered and are in the process of being replaced.
Birmingham told the Donalsonville News that state sign replacement crews are working in Decatur County the first part of this week and will be replacing signs in Seminole County beginning today, Thursday, March 14.
“Patience and driver caution is urged as the sign replacement process will be completed as soon as possible,” added Birmingham.
Residents can report signs down by calling 511 or the Georgia Department of Transportation Tifton sign shop at (229)- 386-3249.