Project to Improve Road Safety Started in Georgia
GEORGIA- The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is embarking on a project to widen part of Interstate 20, according to METROSPIRIT.com. The 72-million-dollar project will focus on making the lanes wider on the South Carolina line.*
Workers will add two additional lanes of traffic, and the work is fortunately not anticipated to have a major impact on traffic traveling through the area.
The stretch of road includes a bridge that many people blame for numerous crashes and fatal accidents in recent years. The 50-year-old structure was the location of yet another deadly accident just this month. An 18-wheeler traveling to South Carolina hit railing on the bridge, causing the truck to plunge into the Augusta Canal below. The 48-year-old driver tragically died in the incident. A team of divers found the victim's body more than twelve hours after the truck plummeted into the water.
The overpass now has a reputation for being a dangerous spot for traffic. A truck driver who frequently passes over the bridge stated that it is too narrow and that drivers must use extra caution while crossing, as well as hope that others are using extreme caution as well. Some think that there is not enough shoulder on the sides and that there is no room for any error, especially for tractor-trailer drivers. Another driver expressed concern that the lack of shoulder is wildly dangerous for a trucker who has to swerve for an unexpected tire blow out, for example. Unfortunately, several trucks have crashed on the bridge and fell into the water below over the years.
Those who travel in the area on a regular basis say that the work is clearly necessary in order to prevent further loss of life. For many, the project is long overdue. Georgia estimates that it will cost around $14.8 billion to properly repair more than 14,700 bridges throughout the state. However, it is only estimated that approximately six percent of Georgia's bridges are structurally deficient.
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