Residents of Atlanta, Georgia, Concerned About Safety at I-285 and Roosevelt Hwy
ATLANTA, GA. – Residents of Atlanta, Georgia, are expressing concern about safety at the crossing of Interstate 285 and Roosevelt Highway, according to CBS46.com. This intersection is located in South Fulton, and people who live in the area say that accidents have been on the rise.*
Residents are speaking out about safety concerns regarding Roosevelt Highway and the ramp to I-285. They say they have called for a traffic study in the area from Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and think that a metered light should be installed. One woman who lives close to the intersection, Shakia Guest, told reporters that she drives through the crossing every day and has seen numerous car crashes.
“Within the last year, it has gotten really intense,” said Guest. “I’ve seen pretty bad accidents at this intersection, and it’s not a little scratch, it’s a totaled car. You have to wait at least two or three minutes to ensure you’re not T-boned by oncoming traffic. There needs to be some way of controlling the traffic.”
Guest said she has contacted GDOT but has not heard back from anyone there. She said the problem stems from the fact that traffic has increased in the area, and it is difficult to get onto the interstate. She said drivers end up traveling into oncoming traffic to perform U-turns so they can enter the interstate from another direction. The situation has turned into “the wild, wild west,” Guest stated.
A spokesperson for GDOT said that there have been several complaints about this intersection and the department is looking into the issue. Currently, GDOT is investigating the possibility for additional signage and short-term fixes with potential plans for a traffic study in the future that looks into how safety and operations can be improved. To learn more about Montlick & Associates, Injury Attorneys' safe driving public service program, visit iridesafe.com.
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