PORT WENTWORTH, GA (WTOC) - Sources with GDOT and the military said Highway 21 in Port Wentworth will open sometime Friday afternoon.
This is great news for tens of thousands of commuters who use that portion of the road in Port Wentworth. Right now, the road is closed between Crossgate Road and Grange Road. It's been closed since the military C-130 crashed onto the highway on May 2.
Exactly, even when portions of this road reopen, crews will likely still be out here in some capacity. Because of that, police want drivers to keep a few things in mind.
Just behind nine American flags, crews are hard at work repairing a large portion of Highway 21. Five weeks ago, a military C-130 crashed into the median, killing the nine Puerto Rican airmen on board and blocking the highway.
There is headway in the re-opening process. Burned trees have been cut down and hauled off. The striping on the highway is almost done too. Port Wentworth police are urging safety ahead of the reopening.
"We had a tragic event that happened there. A lot of people wanting to look. There's nothing to see. Everything is cleaned up so just get from point a to point b in a cautious manner," said Captain James Hollingsworth with the Port Wentworth PD.
Police want you to keep the new Hands Free law in mind when driving through here. Extra officers will be out making sure your phones aren't in your hands.
"We're not going to tolerate it. There's a lot of wrecks that happened. We're not going to put up with it," said Hollingsworth.
The potential re-opening is huge news for the 30,000 plus drivers who use the road every day. We also checked back in with Larry Duncan at Crossgate Auto Sales. The closure has really hampered their business.
"This is the biggest update that we've had thus far. So we'll be happy if this Highway 21 is opened up by the weekend at least," said Duncan.
Right now, that's the plan. Remember, it's still a construction zone.
"Use caution in that area. There's going to construction workers there. Fines and violations are higher, increased, when they're going through there with the construction site," said Hollingsworth.
In addition to thanking the military and GDOT crews, Captain Hollingsworth also thanked drivers. he says no one has complained through the closure process.