$13-million added turn lane proposed for Jerry Jones Drive

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By: Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 8, 2018

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- A busy road in Valdosta could be in for some big changes.

Jerry Jones Drive is in need of an upgrade and the Georgia Department of Transportation is hoping to make it happen.

The road winds through a quiet, family-filled part of town, but Jerry Jones Drive is not a very quiet road. The DOT said the two lane street isn't enough and is now hoping to make some multi-million dollar changes.

Charles Godair has lived on Jerry Jones Drive for more than 30 years.

"This traffic has gotten three times as bad it used to be," Godair said.

He's now dealing with traffic headaches almost every afternoon, and he's not the only one.

"Turning in the driveway you can't turn because of traffic, trying to get out of the driveway, if someone won't stop for you it causes traffic. They back up all the way from the light past my driveway, and stop right in front of the driveway," Godair said.

The DOT is looking to ease the pain by adding a 12-foot wide, two-way turn lane down the middle of the two traffic lanes. It would run all the way from Bemiss Road to North Oak Street.

Several homeowners said they're unsure if the project will really help, saying there needs to be a change, but this isn't it.

"I don't think a turn lane is going to help because most of the people are going through, they aren't turning on this road," Godair said. "I wish there would be some way to make another bypass or something, get these people, because there's a lot of speeding out here also."

The proposed project is expected to cost about $13 million. It would also include adding sidewalks and a grass shoulder through the entire length of the project.

It is not finalized yet, and will be a few years out. The DOT tentatively has it on the schedule for bid in 2020, with construction taking about two years to complete.

More information on the design plans and details can be found here.

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