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Speed limit reduced on US 82 West in Lee County

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Lynn Taylor, Interim Lee Co. Administrator Lynn Taylor, Interim Lee Co. Administrator
Leslie Partridge, Oakridge Library Assistant Director Leslie Partridge, Oakridge Library Assistant Director
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LEESBURG, GA (WALB) -

The department of Transportation has approved a speed limit reduction on a stretch of U-S 82 in hickory grove, which means drivers may soon have to hit their brakes. 

The reduction on the heavily traveled road originated from a traffic light request near the new Oakridge library.

The department of transportation is lowering the speed limit from 65 to 55. The change comes after Lee County Commissioners requested a traffic light at 82 and Oakland Parkway.

"Chairman Eddie Hinman had requested back in August of 2011 that there be a traffic light installed at an intersection," said Lynn Taylor, Interim Lee County Administrator.  "And the reason for this was to facilitate cars turning in and out of the new library complex that has been built in that area."

The board's request was denied, but the state decided to lower the speed limit to make the area safer.

"Hopefully that will facilitate the traffic in and out of the library in a safer manner," said Taylor. 

But a speed limit reduction doesn't eliminate all the dangers of the busy stretch of road. And with lots of big rigs traveling that highway, the danger is even greater.

"Yeah, I do feel a little nervous, because if the car ever cut off, and a big 18 wheeler hit me going 75, it could be bad," said Leslie Partridge, Oakridge Library Assistant Director.

Partridge drives through the intersection every day to get to work and says she would have liked to see a traffic light put up, and she's not the only one.

"Yeah, we have had a lot of people say 'y'all need to get a stop light,' and we say we would love one," Partridge said.   

Neighborhoods, daycare centers and businesses have built up around the area in recent years, which has led to increased traffic and safety concerns. Even though the traffic light request was nixed, the slower speed limit is a step in the right direction and will hopefully make the road a little safer.

The department of transportation is expected to begin posting updated speed limit signs sometime soon. And once those signs are up, the new 55-mile-an-hour limit will be enforced.

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