Some Want Olive Road Closed for Good

By: Erich Spivey
By: Erich Spivey

February 2, 2006
Olive Road is closed once again after someone apparently reopened it last night. But now, the barricades are back in place and some hope it stays closed forever.

Gloria Mitchell has lived on Florida Avenue for almost four years. The tracks run parallel to her home and she’s always had a rule about the Olive Road underpass nearby.

“I think it’s very dangerous. Somebody lost their life. And I don’t even go under that bridge. I’m scared of it. They need to raise it or lower it. And what if that’s not possible? Just close it,” said Gloria Mitchell.

That’s the way it is now. Closed, with barricades on both sides of Olive Road. The beam that crushed a passing car is now off to the side. Meanwhile, engineering contractors take measurements.

“The overpass needs to be closed until we can get it repaired. Personally, I’d like to see it be closed permanently,” said Dennis Ellis, Augusta traffic engineer.

Dennis Ellis oversees the traffic signals and markings at Olive Road. He says this part of Olive Road is just a cut through and could be shut down.

“It just doesn’t need to be opened. There’s no serious need for it. We wouldn’t be isolating anybody. It’s mostly residential in there,” Ellis said.

“Cause there’s a lot of ways you can get around. But I’m really nervous, I will not drive under it,” Mitchell said.

So what does the future hold? Well, for now it’s closed until February 15. Drivers should use Lee Street or White Road. We’ll have to wait and see if it stays closed for good.

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