Busy Houston County Intersection Causes Concern for Local Drivers
HOUSTON COUNTY, GA- Wgxa.com writes that a major intersection in Houston County has become a cause for concern among many residents in the area. Reporters spoke to one man who frequently travels through the intersection of Houston Lake Boulevard and Georgia Highway 49. The local resident explained that he often fears that he will be involved in, or witness a crash at the site and that he advises others to avoid that intersection if possible.*
When pumping gas at the station located near the intersection, the local explained that it is not uncommon to see one or two near-miss collisions. According to data collected by the Georgia Department of Transportation, the number of vehicles passing through the intersection increased by about 50 percent between 2010 and 2019. The volume of traffic is leading many to worry about safety when passing through the area.
Another driver who frequently passes through the intersection said that he often sees drivers taking chances in the heavy traffic. Some in the community are now calling for improvements to be made at the intersection to prevent tragedies from occurring. The intersection is not big enough to accommodate the number of people using it, and it does not even have a traffic light. Some believe adding a traffic light would help to improve safety, but that it would only be a short-term fix.
In the future, one resident said that he believes a roundabout should be installed in place of the crossroads.
Officials have stated that they have completed a study in the area. The Georgia Department of Transportation's traffic engineers submitted the data to the State Traffic Office, and a review is being conducted to determine the best solution.
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