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Hahira gets state of the art traffic signal

Nita Birmingham, GA DOT Nita Birmingham, GA DOT
HAHIRA, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Department of Transportation hopes a new traffic signal will make a busy Hahira intersection safer. It's the first of its kind in south Georgia.

GDOT workers cut new lines into the pavement at the intersection of US 41 and State Route 122 in Hahira Wednesday morning as part of the installation of a new traffic signal there.

Nita Birmingham of the DOT said, "We're putting in a new flashing yellow arrow turn signal, a signal head, at this intersection. It's to assist drivers who want turn left and go West on 122."

The new signal is the result of a traffic study GDOT conducted on the intersection at the end of this past school year.

Tina Rexach owns a business at the intersection and says she's glad to see it. "I think it's a great thing. I think any improvement for Hahira is wonderful. I'm all for any kind of improvement."

She hopes it will also be good for her business.

"It'll improve the intersection, being as busy as it is. It is extremely busy, having a new traffic light probably will improve the flow of traffic," said Rexach.

According to GDOT, this is the first flashing yellow arrow signal in Southwest Georgia.

If you’re driving along and you come up to the intersection of US 41 and State Route 122 and you see the flashing yellow arrow, that means that you can turn left after you yield to oncoming traffic.

The signal officially went into operation around lunch time and Birmingham says there will likely be a little bit of a learning curve as drivers get used to the new signal. But it's just part of making this increasingly busy intersection safer and easier for drivers to use.

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