News 12 at 11 O'clock / Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
EVANS, Ga. (WRDW) -- Big changes are coming to a busy road in Columbia County. Starting Thursday, La Vista Drive will be closed for good.
The road feeds traffic into Hereford Farm Road and now drivers will use a new connector to Byrd Road to get out. News 12 is on your side with a look at how to navigate the changes.
"Right now the situation we have here is there's no way for anybody to get into La Vista Drive or out of La Vista Drive," Columbia County's Director of Engineering Matt Schlacther said. "We are experiencing a lot of growth in Columbia County."
The county is growing so fast and it's better to do the work now before backs up get longer, he said.
"When the light turns red, it backs traffic up and the folks trying to come out of La Vista Drive have no where to go," he said.
Waiting a few extra minutes isn't the only concern.
"It's scary cause you never know if they are going to hit you or not," said Jessica Price who lives on La Vista Drive.
Trying to figure out when to hit the gas can be risky.
"There's been plenty of times you think someone's signaling you to let you through and they are really not and then you almost get hit. So, it's pretty dangerous," she said.
To avoid being at the mercy of traffic, there will be a back entrance for cars to use.
"They can now come off of Cox Road onto Byrd Road onto La Vista Drive and they can avoid this area completely," Schlacther said.
Byrd Drive will also expand so drivers making a left can see who's pulling around without blind spots. Sidewalks have also been added along Cox Road and Hereford Farm Road making the walk to school for students a little easier.
"I think it will be safer going down and coming out the other direction where there's not as much traffic," Price said.
Eventually a cul-de-sac will be built to close off La Vista Drive, but Thursday the county will block it off to keep cars out.
Even though La Vista Drive closes Thursday, the project isn't finished. The county said it will take about four weeks to wrap up the entire project.