Last week the Georgia Department of Transportation put out a legal notice stating it plans to build traffic signals and add turning lanes at the intersection of Ga. Hwy 61 and Nebo / Mayfield roads.
“The purpose of the project is to reduce crash frequency and severity at the intersection and improve the operation of the intersection,” according to the notice.
Between 2004 and 2011 there were 43 crashes at the intersection, 20 of which included injuries, said Mohamed Arafa, District Six GDOT communications officer, in an email.
“With safety the DOT does not compromise,” he said.
District 67 state Rep. Micah Gravley, R-Douglasville, said he commended GDOT for getting on top of the situation at the intersection, which now is a four-way stop.
“I would like to see that number [of crashes] erased,” Gravley said.
The intersection is in Post 2 Commissioner Todd Pownall’s area. He said the majority of the crashes are the result of vehicles entering and exiting Mayfield Road.
“I think those two lights are a long time coming,” Pownall said. “Parents have directed their kids not to go that way [because of wrecks].”
Currently the intersection is a four-way stop with stop signs on each road.
The exact plans for the project according to the legal notice are, “This project consists of constructing a signalized intersection with dedicated right turn lanes along [State Route] 61 and dedicated left turn lanes along [State Route] 61 and Mayfield/Nebo Road. The vertical and horizontal alignments will also be improved at [State Route 61 and Nebo Road/ Mayfield Road.”
In 2011 the average vehicles per day traveling northbound on Hwy. 61 was 8,680 while southbound daily traffic was 9,910 vehicles. On Nebo Road the count was 350, while Mayfield Road’s count was 2,120.
The construction cost of the project is estimated at $1.8 million, and is planned to be bid out in July 2014, Arafa said.
Before the bidding process can occur the state has to have the land.
“Right of way has to be acquired,” Arafa said.
GDOT is looking to buy 16 parcels of land for the project, which will have to be negotiated with the land owners.
“You have to be fair to the property owner, and have to be fair to the taxpayers,” he said.
Once the project starts it will take about a year to complete, Arafa said.