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Alternatives for intersection presented at Dougherty commission meeting

GDOT recommended a number of different alternatives Monday. (Source: WALB) GDOT recommended a number of different alternatives Monday. (Source: WALB)
GDOT recommended a number of different alternatives Monday. (Source: WALB) GDOT recommended a number of different alternatives Monday. (Source: WALB)
Anthony Jones. (Source: WALB) Anthony Jones. (Source: WALB)
Randy Rathburn. (Source: WALB) Randy Rathburn. (Source: WALB)
Willie Williams. (Source: WALB) Willie Williams. (Source: WALB)
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

After the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) denied installing a traffic light at a dangerous Dougherty County intersection, officials met Monday to discuss alternatives.

Many in attendance at Monday's county commission meeting were not in favor of the alternatives for a Highway 19 and Nelms Road intersection.

A study completed in June by GDOT said that a traffic light at the intersection doesn't meet the criteria for installation.

"When we look at traffic signals, we look at nine different warrants," said Randy Rathburn, GDOT district traffic engineer. "It's a little complicated to go into but it's basically based on traffic volume, it's based on pedestrian volume, and it's based on whether or not there are signals in the immediate vicinity that can be apart of apart of a signal network." 

Rathburn said none of those nine criteria were met for the traffic light.

Rathburn presented a list of alternatives, based on the study, at the commission meeting. Alternatives included roundabouts, ride-ins and ride-outs, R-Cuts and two-stage crossings.

"We've got to look at the study and decide which alternative in consultation with the county commission and the public and make the decision on which alternative we are going to go forward with," said Rathburn.

Commissioner Anthony Jones expressed concern about the dangers of the intersection. 

"It's just like being on a football field and you're the person running the ball," Jones said. "When you pull out of Nelms Road on (Highway) 19, I mean you get across two lanes and if you are not certain on what to do for the next two." 

Jones said he wants what the people in his district want, like Willie Williams, who's lived in the area all his life.

"This has been going on for a long, long time, and people will continue to get hurt in that same area," said Williams. 

Williams said the alternatives would not fix the problem. 

"Because you have the Flash Food, the Dollar store, you don't have enough room to implement those programs," Williams said. "You don't have enough space." 

Rathburn said a traffic light could make things worse. 

"Study has shown that an unwarranted signal leads to non-compliance," said Rathburn.

Commissioner Jones said this is going to have to be a collaborative effort from GDOT, commissioners and the public.

Commissioners hope to have an alternative selected in the upcoming months.

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