Dangerous downtown parking prompts city to fix growing problem

News 12 at 11 O'clock / Thursday, August 14, 2014

Augusta, Ga. (WRDW) -- Wait and go. Wait again, and then go again.

"Everytime I come to this corner to turn," says Lisa Brown. "I'm scared that I am going to get hit."

Lisa Brown feels like she's taking a risk.

A dangerous blindspot, a growing problem as these plants continue to grow.

The city of Augusta says the plants lining Broad Street are undergrown this year, but drivers still facing the unknown as they pull out on the Broad Street.

"Remove some of these bushes," said Brown.

They line four blocks of Broad Street from 10th Street to 6th Street, where hundreds of cars park and leave each day.

"I might come around two or three times just to get a spot, so that's how many times I'm actually causing a possible safety hazard for myself," she said.

And it's dangerous for drivers coming down Broad Street as well.

"Big cars that come, they can't see me, I can't see them, so when I'm driving out, the only thing I can do is take a chance," said Brown.

News 12 showed exactly what it looks like from Lisa's perspective. It was easy to see, that it's not easy for drivers to see.

"You can't assume that there are no cars coming," said another driver.

Other drivers like Michelle Migoney worry about getting blindsided too.

"There's a car coming that is not planning on you coming out," said Migoney. "If we're parked in the center, we don't have the right of way."

But she and other drivers do have the right to know what's coming.

"Somebody's walking by, I might ask them, excuse me, do you see a car coming," said Brown.

A simple question about what could be waiting for her around the corner.

News 12 did speak with Augusta Parks and Recreations. They say first thing in the morning, a crew will be out here to trim these plants down.


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