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College Station Road could re-open sooner than planned

Repairs to College Station Road could be coming sooner than originally thought. That was the optimistic view presented by County Manager Blaine Williams at a meeting of the Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission earlier this week.

Speaking to Commissioners on Tuesday, Williams said that there was a chance that the project could be finished by July 27, well before the project’s August 12 deadline.

"If the weather cooperates, they could be done as soon as next Wednesday," Williams said..

However, with numerous thunderstorms moving through the area in recent days and more predicted, weather remains a significant question mark when it comes to the early completion of the repairs, which could total up to $460,000, including a bonus of up to $20,000 to the contractor for finishing early.

Another unknown is exactly who was at fault in the June 28 water main break that closed all westbound lanes. When asked by commissioners, Williams demurred, noting that the issue might be the subject of litigation in the future.

Martin Matheny was promoted to Program Director and Content Strategist on July 1, 2022. He has served as the Executive Producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters', and he covers local government for WUGA News. He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on WUGA at 10pm. 'Night Music' can also be heard statewide on the GPB Classical stream Mondays and Tuesdays at 8pm. As part of 'Athens News Matters' Martin works with student interns to help cultivate the next generation of Public Media rock stars! In his spare time Martin is an amateur book binder and freelance musician who frequently performs with Big Band Athens playing bass trombone. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.