Across Georgia

City is considering double-decker road


SAVANNAH — Savannah planners are taking a vertical approach to traffic congestion on a major thoroughfare and are considering a new elevated expressway.

The new expressway on Savannah’s Abercorn Extension would have two levels of traffic, one right above the other.

The Coastal Region Metropolitan Planning Organization is preparing to present its plan to build the elevated four-lane expressway above Abercorn’s median.

The project would separate regional commuters from local traffic.

Standing about 35 feet high at its base, the 2.6-mile-long bypass would add two lanes in each direction from an intersection west of Rio Road to the south end of the Truman Parkway at Holland Drive.

The project could cost more than $200 million, with some funding coming from a toll on the new road.

Small plane lands on Interstate 95

ATLANTA — Authorities say an Alabama man made an emergency landing on Interstate 95 in southeast Georgia.

The Georgia State Patrol said the small plane landed on the interstate south of McIntosh County just before noon Monday.

The pilot, John Wright, was not injured. No one on the ground was injured, and no vehicles on the highway were damaged.

The plane was towed to a way station to be checked. No information on what caused the emergency landing was available.

Convicted killer will get new trial

ATLANTA — A man convicted of murder in south Georgia will get a new trial, Georgia’s highest court ruled.

In a unanimous opinion released Monday, the Supreme Court of Georgia reversed John Woods’ murder conviction and ordered a new trial in the Berrien County case.

Justice P. Harris Hines wrote that the trial court failed to instruct jurors on the law of self-defense before their deliberations, as the defense attorney had requested.

The ruling states that Woods told his father he had killed Travis Sauls in self-defense and disposed of the body. The court said he gave a general statement that he had shot Sauls because he feared for his life.

Teachers, students get paid for scores

MACON — Some students and teachers at a high school in Macon are getting a cash incentive for success on Advanced Placement tests.

Howard High School is one of just 28 schools in the country – and the only one in Georgia – included in a grant meant to increase participation in AP classes.

A Northrop Grumman Corp. grant gives students $100 for a passing score of 3, 4 or 5 on any AP English, math or science test. Teachers get $100 for each student who gets a passing score.

At a ceremony Monday, a total of $25,000 was awarded to 63 students.