Georgia DOT moves barrier wall after complaints

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, October 18, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---Who ever said making a little noise didn't get results. Their protests could not stop trees from coming down, but as a comprise the Georgia Department of Transportation agreed to build a temporary safety barrier. That barrier went up, but it was below the interstate level.

Neighbors spoke out again.

"Stick with the golden rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you," said neighbor Anna Seigler. "That's all we want, protection. And that's all we're asking for."

And the Georgia DOT kept their promise. "I pulled back up from class about a half an hour later and was like, 'Well darn that was quick'," said a surprised Morgan McNeal. He lives next to the interstate, and says just hours after talking with News 12 the DOT was back out on the scene replacing the safety barriers.

"It's not level with the ground anymore, so that's definitely a plus," Morgan said.

"It was okay where it was, but we want to keep them happy," said Mike Keene with the DOT. "We want to do as much as we can. So if that makes them feel better for us to move it up the hill we can do that, move up to where they feel safer."

"They're trying," said Morgan. "I can see where they are trying to make things a little better. I still wish I had my shade trees in the backyard, but it's looking better."

Now again, that safety wall is just temporary. The Georgia DOT tells News 12 a 20 foot sound barrier should begin to come up around the first of the year.

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  • by Kim Location: Home on Oct 19, 2007 at 03:50 PM
    We did not ask for sound barriers!!!! We would have loved to have kept our trees. The state and federal government along with the DOT started a project on I-20 that clear cut all the trees, which was not necessary, to erect sound barriers. The only thing we ask for was a temporary barrier to shield our home from the I-20 traffic until the permanent barrier goes up, as there are no guard- rails, state fence or trees to protect my property. This whole situation has been a nightmare!! I guess you missed the first news cast about us protesting the tree removal!
  • by Terry Location: home on Oct 18, 2007 at 08:21 PM
    We've been asking for sound barriers through the proper channels and the Bellemeade/Glenn Hills Neighborhood Association for YEARS on Bobby Jones and the Glenn Hills Subdivision around the area the bridge crosses over. We keep getting told, "We're working on it....soon." We almost lost some homes to brushfires from people flicking cigarettes and ash from their cars onto tinder dry highway grass. Sound barriers would have also been a barrier to these flames spreading onto private properties, an added safety bonus. Homes near the hwy and the bridge are often burgled and/or vandalized. Why is Skinner Mill Road getting barriers in a day or two for that tiny group of people and a whole community has had their earlier request for barriers put off for YEARS??? Am I overlooking something?
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