News 12 at 11 O'clock / Friday, Nov. 1, 2013
EVANS, G.a. (WRDW) - It's a turn for the better. Heading away from what's been a dangerous month here at the intersection of Washington Road and Knob Hill Farm Road.
"I've been told that there have been 4 or 5 in the last month," said Ron Cross, a Columbia County Commissioner.
Minor wrecks that could eventually become major. But these signs are a preview of things to come for this stretch of Washington Road.
"We already had plans through dot to put in a temporary bypass lane," said Cross.
Because of the ultimate plan to expand Washington Road to four lanes and a center turning lane, the plan for a temporary bypass lane was "passed over".
"It was decided somewhere along the way that it was a waste because we're going to be tearing up that road with a widening of Washington Road," he said.
Earlier Friday afternoon, the commissioners got the good news from the Georgia DOT to go back to the original plans of installing the bypass lane.
The new addition would make the Knob Hill Farm Road intersection safer until the widening begins.
"We're going to work hopefully over a 2 to 3 week period that the bypass lane can be in," Cross told News 12's Patrick Price.
The plan would allow drivers to go around those turning from Washington onto Knob Hill Farm Road.
"This takes less permitting, it'll be done really quick," he said.
There are possible plans of installing a caution light too depending on how much that left turn lane is used.
But the bypass lane is also a temporary fix on top of the "no left turn" signs.
Cross hopes the bypass lane will keep traffic moving quicker and safer.
"It was worth while to go ahead and do this, to relieve the holiday traffic and and other concerns, because it is a safety issue," said Cross.