Georgia “Death Trap” Intersection Finally Has Traffic Signal
The traffic signal project for the intersection of Georgia Highway 212 and Oak Hill Road has finally been completed as of this month. However, according to CovNewsj, the traffic light is not expected to be fully operational until the morning of May 24. Work on the project began in February of this year.
In October of 2010, the Newton County Board of commissioners approved a $106,548 bid from Moye Electric of Dublin to take on the project. The installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of GA Highway 212 and Oak Hill Road is expected to decrease the alarming number of fatal Georgia auto accidents at that intersection. It is a high traffic thoroughfare and the amount of traffic has only increased since the addition of a public library and a park in the area. There have been several fatal accidents at the site, prompting the former District 2 Commissioner to call it a “death trap.”
The traffic signal is not necessarily intended as a permanent solution to the heavily travelled roadway. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has plans to widen the highway from the Oak Hill Road intersection to Bethany Road, however, this will not be in the works for another few years.
Installing traffic signals and/or signs and improving roadways are only part of the solution to prevent fatal and injury vehicle accidents in Georgia. The other part concerns the actions of motorists on the road. If a hazardous roadway, whether due to poor signage, ineffective design, or unrepaired damage, causes a Georgia motor-vehicle accident, the agency or company responsible for maintaining that roadway may be held liable for the injuries resulting from their negligence. Likewise, if a driver causes a Georgia car crash because he or she was distracted, impaired, speeding, or just not obeying traffic laws, he or she may be held responsible for a victim’s losses.
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