August 21, 2014
Valdosta, GA - The Georgia Department of Transportation wants to know how you feel about a planned safety improvement project in Valdosta.
East Hill Avenue in Valdosta has seen it's fair share of accidents over the years. In fact, a study, conducted by the Georgia Department of Transportation found the intersection of East Hill Avenue, Clay Road, and Hollywood Street had 47 accidents in the last 4 years.
"What really makes this intersection a little more hazardous is the fact that you have the commercial vehicles coming off this road way, and the cross traffic of people trying to cross or turn on to Hill Avenue. And to include the railroad crossing as well", says Sgt. Jeremyah Jones, with the Traffic Unit at the Valdosta Police Department.
It's these types of dangers, that GDOT says it hopes to explain during a meeting with the community Thursday evening. During this time, GDOT will also explain the need to detour traffic on East Hill Avenue and Clay Roads, while crews work on safety improvements at the busy intersection.
"The plan is to bring Hollywood Street and Clay Rd in alignment with each other so they are right across from each other. That's one of the improvements. The other thing is, we are going to put a traffic signal out here. We are going to put in some bike lanes, bike paths, and those are going to be in the immediate project area", says Juanita Birmingham with GDOT.
Birmingham also says the construction will require crews to close a portion of Clay Road so the CSX rail line can be replaced.
While the rail road construction is underway, drivers will be detoured to Inner Perimeter Road. The proposed detour is about 7 miles and is expected to be in effect for 6 months.
GDOT says they will also be adding turn lanes to improve safety in the area.
The meeting will be held at the Lowndes County Civic Center on East Hill Avenue from 4-6. If you can't make the meeting, GDOT says, you can submit comments at www.dot.ga.gov.