Created: Thu, 08 Aug 2013 05:27:00 EST
Updated: Fri, 09 Aug 2013 11:11:09 EST
A new road construction project is in progress in Bibb County.
This project proposes to reconstruct two existing intersections. One of the intersections includes the 4-way stop that includes State Route 74 and Lamar Road. The second of the two interactions is Lower Thomaston Rd and Johnson Rd.
In six months, those to intersections will be merged into one roundabout.
According to the Georgia Department of Transportation report, the project will be a modern, single-lane roundabout with five approaches at the current location of the intersection, State Route 74 and Lamar Road.
Bibb County Commissioner, Joe Allen, says he has been pleading for the intersection to be reconstructed for years. He thought that the intersection needed a stop light. "I really wanted red lights here, for this part of the community this is what was needed," he said. "I am personally happy that we are having something done. We've had plenty of wrecks out here.”
The roads undergoing reconstruction are state routes and the responsibility of the Georgia Department of Transportation, not the Bibb County Engineering Department. The state has asked the Bibb County Board of Commissioners to pick up the bill for the cost of lighting the new roundabout.
"We are going to light up the intersection that people will know that there is something ahead," said Allen.
Twenty minutes north on State Route 74, there is already a roundabout in Culloden, Georgia. One resident said, since the intersection has been reconstructed in 2008, concerns have come up.
"It’s good if you know it’s there. If you don't know it's there it kind of jumps up on you,” said Jua Rez, who works in the gas station located on the Culloden roundabout. “We have had quite a few accidents where people didn't know that it was here and ran and they would run it and go across the top the middle of it.”
William Webb said he has been living there all his life and the roundabout looks like good news to him. “I think the roundabout is one of the best things that could have happened to this area, it used to be wrecks out there all the time," he said.
Communities across the country, like Carmel, Indiana have more than sixty roundabout intersections in their community and have developed online tutorials for other communities to learn the intersections quickly.
According to the department of transportation, roundabouts are the preferred safety and operational alternative for intersections and will be considered as an alternative for all intersections that are being reconstructed, including those where a traffic signal is being proposed.