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Safety on Highway 133 concerns frequent travelers

WORTH CO., GA (WALB) -

A worth county man is concerned about the number of traffic accidents at an intersection.

He says it's dangerous. The state has tried to make it safer.

Josh Gordon says he has loved ones who were killed in an accident at Highways 133 and 112. And he doesn't want to see any more fatal crashes there.

Josh Gordon drives through the intersection of Highways 133 and 112 in Worth County often, and he says it's dangerous.

"Needs to be secured better. More safety recognized for the area. I just don't think we're getting the attention the intersection deserves because of the rural location," said Gordon.

Gordon says his grandmother and great aunt were killed in August 2012.

"My grandmother was from out of town and they were on their way back to Bainbridge for the evening, when they approached the intersection and pulled in front of a vehicle that took their lives," said Gordon.

The Georgia Department of Transportation conducted a study in July 2013. It revealed 28 accidents in 8 years. In November 2013, advance warning signs were put up in both directions. The DOT put up larger stop signs and rumble strips were added. These flashing red lights were added just two weeks ago.

Gordon says improvements to the intersection are a great investment.

"To make it a safer intersection. Whatever the cost maybe it's worth the lives that have been lost here," said Gordon.

After the changes, the Georgia State Patrol says there were 3 wrecks at this intersection since July 2013. One was a double fatality in January.

"It's not enough to slow traffic down on 133 with what they done and it's not enough caution for people out of town as they approach this intersection to know that it's dangerous," Said Gordon.

Gordon also says too many drivers drive too fast in the area, and that doesn't help this intersection become safer.

GDOT officials say that intersection does not meet the criteria for a traffic signal. They say the intersection is well-marked and has the signage it needs.

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