• Hwy 56 Reopens Early

    Posted: Feb 19, 2018
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    WAYNESBORO- Drivers can use old faithful State Route (SR) 56 again in Burke County, after contractors removed the detour two days ahead of schedule. On Feb. 5 Reeves Construction Company closed a section of SR 56/Mike Padgett Highway, northeast of Waynesboro, to replace damaged drainage structures between Collins Road and River Road. The work is part of the $4.817 million construction award for Phase I widening of SR 56 to a four-lane highway and is funded entirely by the Transportation Investment Act. Reeves Construction repaves the recently closed portion of State Route 56 between Collins Road and River Road.

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  • Public Meeting Notice -  Burke County Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan Update

    Posted: Feb 12, 2018
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    ​Burke County will begin its five-year update of their FEMA approved Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Plan. As part of the planning process, Burke County is holding a public kick-off meeting on February 26, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Burke County Office Park, 715 West 6th Street, Waynesboro, GA 30830. Civic organizations, local businesses, and citizens of Burke County, as well as the cities of Girard, Keysville, Midville, Sardis, Vidette, and Waynesboro are encouraged to attend.

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  • Hwy 56 Closed for Next Two Weeks Near Richmond County Line

    Posted: Feb 06, 2018
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  • Happy 241st Birthday to Burke County

    Posted: Feb 05, 2018
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  • Hwy 56 North Closed for Two Weeks Beginning February 5th

    Posted: Jan 31, 2018
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    WAYNESBORO- A section of State Route (SR) 56/Mike Padgett Highway, northeast of Waynesboro, will close from Feb. 5 to Feb. 19, 2018 to allow contractors to replace damaged drainage structures between Collins Road and River Road. During the allowed 14-day closure window, drivers may use the prepared detour via SR 56 SPUR/River Road, SR 80 and SR 23. Local traffic will be allowed up to a certain point. The work is part of the $4.817 million construction award for Phase I widening of SR 56 to a four-lane highway and is funded entirely by the Transportation Investment Act. The 1.35-mile widening is expected to reduce the crash rates, while improving capacity. In totality all three phases of eventual Burke County roadway expansion equates to a $24 million investment.

    The upcoming work is part of the 4.817-million-dollar construction award for Phase 1 widening of SR 56 to a four-lane highway which is funded by the Transportation Investment Act. In the end, the 1.35-mile widening is expected to reduce crash rates and improve capacity.

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  • Battle at Burke Jail - January 26, 1779

    Posted: Jan 26, 2018
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    Posted on January 26, 2016 by Tara Ross

    On this day in 1779, a group of American patriots holds off a contingent of British soldiers at the Burke County Jail in Georgia, despite being badly outnumbered.

    By this point in the Revolution, the British were frustrated with the status of the war in the North. They decided to pursue a new strategy: A fair number of Loyalists lived in the South. The British hoped to win a few significant southern victories, thus helping these Loyalists to regain control of the southern state governments. The British would then establish a southern base from which they could work to crush the remaining rebellion in the North. They got off to a good start with a victory in Savannah, Georgia, in late 1778. Their next target was Augusta. In mid-January, a group of Patriots gathered at the Burke County Jail, just south of Augusta. They wanted to plan their next move.

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  • Vogtle Constructiion Update - 4th Quarter 2017

    Posted: Jan 25, 2018
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