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Eyes on the Road: More feet added to Ga. 53 fix in Dawson County

POSTED: May 20, 2013 12:33 a.m.

An additional 500 feet of Thompson Road will be closed as part of a Georgia Department of Transportation project to rebuild the road’s intersection at Ga. 53 in Dawson County.

The extended closure “will allow us to change the grade of Thompson Road as it approaches Ga. 53 to improve sight distance and the overall safety of the intersection,” said Harold Mull, Georgia DOT district construction engineer.

“This change will prevent motorists from cutting through the nearby parking lots of businesses. The only way to access the doctors office, dentist office and CPA Office will be from (Ga.) 53.”

So far, the DOT has required only 1,000 feet to be closed. The 500-foot addition will take effect Wednesday.
While Thompson Road is closed, a signed detour will be in place directing traffic to use Ga. 53 to reach Hugh Stowers Road and then Thompson Road.

The $2.7 million construction project includes construction of turn lanes on Ga. 53 and changing the grade on all four approaches.

Even though rain has slowed work, the project is still slated for completion June 30, with the work being done by Baldwin Paving Co. of Marietta.

DOT to scale back its work during Memorial Day holiday

The DOT plans to scale back construction during the Memorial Day holiday, as it typically does during traffic-heavy holiday periods.

Between noon Friday and 5 a.m. May 28, there will be no construction-related scheduled lane closures on any Georgia interstate highway or primary state route.

Some work may continue on lesser-traveled state and local system roads and incident or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could occur on any route.

The DOT urges travelers to call 511 for updated information on interstates and state routes.

Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures and delays due to inclement weather.

Roundabout changes traffic flow in Jefferson

A new roundabout has opened at Ga. 11 and Ga. 124 in Jefferson.

The change was made to improve the flow of traffic through the area and increase safety, according to the DOT.

A roundabout, officials said, allows more vehicles to flow through an area more efficiently than an all-way stop.

“Roundabouts can dramatically improve safety when compared to traditional four-way intersections,” said DOT District Traffic Engineer Scott Zehngraff.

He urges motorists to “be cautious and do what the signs and pavement markings tell you to do.

“Once the roundabout is operational, I think you will see a vast improvement in the traffic flow in the area,” he said.

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