Two Crossings on Highway 54 Will No Longer Accommodate Left Turns
PEACHTREE CITY, GA- Peachtree City is making some major changes to intersections on Highway 54, according to THECITIZEN.COM. The area has a McDonald’s and Chick-fil-A, and customers are accustomed to turning left from the fast food restaurants onto the busy highway. Now the city is making changes to prevent drivers from having to make these dangerous turns.*
The city is implementing two “reduced conflict U-turn” features, also referred to as an R-Cut to make it safer and easier for drivers to navigate the area. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) writes that the R-Cut reduces the risks faced by drivers making left turns from smaller roadways onto major roads. Where drivers would normally make a left, they will now be forced to turn right and then proceeded to make a controlled U-turn at a specified point on the larger road.
According to studies, this feature will lower the number of crashes between vehicles by around 50 percent. Additionally, the city officials stated that the feature would include improved safety for cyclists and pedestrians in the area. Congestion will be reduced, partly because cars trying to turn left will no longer have to wait long intervals for space between oncoming cars.
The benefits will extend to the businesses due to drivers having easier access to the commercial areas because of the new features. The city says that it takes less time and money to install these features than traditional crossroad intersections. Left-turns are one of the most dangerous maneuvers drivers typically make on the road. Studies have pointed to the safety benefits of infrastructure that reduces the need for cars to cross into the paths of oncoming vehicles.
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Sources:https://thecitizen.com/2020/02/09/goodbye-to-regular-left-turns-at-2-busy-hwy-54-crossings/ and https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2014/04/09/the-case-for-almost-never-turning-left-while-driving/