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Four way stop receives mixed reviews

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January 24, 2008

Ray City - It's a sign of the times.

"Ray City is growing and we are developing into a community of pride," says resident Howell Harpe.

And to assure this growing community is safe, the GDOT has installed a four-way stop at the intersection of 125 and 37.

"I think its going to be a good thing. I think its going to change the way people have to go through that stop sign and start stopping," Harpe says.

But not everyone is happy about it.

Many volunteers at the Ray City Fire Department worry the new signs will cause traffic jams and accidents.  "I think its going to be an impedance on the fire department with response time, with fire fighters getting to the station, response times of trucks getting out of the station and getting through the intersection safely," says James Faulkner, a firefighter with the RCFD.

But the DOT says they are doing everything to assure that doesn't happen.

"We feel very confident with what we've put in. Traffic calming devices, using the weaving system with stripping, signage, everything that's we've done," says Craig Solomon, Communications Officer with the GDOT.  "We feel very confident this will go easy for the traveling public."

They will keep warning signs up around the intersection for another week while the community gets use to their new stop.

But all involved says everyone needs to slow down and be patient to assure no one gets hurt while Ray City adjusts to the change.