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Acree intersection may get a traffic signal

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ACREE, GA (WALB) -

The intersection of Highway 82 and County Line Road is busy and can be dangerous. Now the Department of Transportation may make some changes, with the installation of a traffic light and additional turn lanes.  

Britni Rusk, a cashier at County Line Grocery says it's a good idea. "Just the traffic; people mainly going and coming early in the morning and later in the afternoons going and coming from work at the Marine Base and Sylvester schools and to work."  

David Griffin has lived in this area for thirty years and says he's seen dozens of crashes at this intersection.  "The caution light has helped the lane changing has helped some but it still is a dangerous area."  

Now the county is talking to the DOT about improvements.  

"At that intersection you have high speeds approaching east and west off of 82, and then people trying to merge into the traffic on 82 and off County Line Road and cross that particular large intersection it's been some significant wrecks out there,"  said Public Works Director Larry Cook.  

DOT officials say they will realign South County Line Road so that it squares up to North County Line Road. They will install a traffic light and left turn lanes on North and South County Line Road. Right turning lanes will be on US 82.

Britni Rusk says the DOT's proposal is a great idea and that she would like to see the work done sooner than later.   "I would like to see some lights put up to help people with safety."    

The county expects to have the DOT's designs with the road improvements soon. DOT officials say they are still in the preliminary designing phases. DOT officials say they don't have a date on when the work will begin but that it could start as early as fall 2015.

 

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