News 12 at 11 o'clock / Tuesday, July 24, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Traffic engineers are working to smooth flow on Wrightsboro Road.
"[Our biggest issue right now is you got about 200 feet of left turn storage," said Traffic Engineer Steve Cassell about the turn lanes onto Bobby Jones.
That 200 feet can only hold about eight cars, meaning cars going straight have to wait for the light to turn green.
Engineers showed models demonstrating longer turn lanes near Bobby Jones that alleviate the thru lanes from backing up due to traffic turning left. They say it's not the best option, but it's the one that makes the most sense.
"Opportunities to widen that interchange are pretty limited given the amount of development in that area. To keep Wrightsboro flowing, a major widening project would involve expensive bridge replacement," Cassell said.
Cassell says the project, that should start this fall and take about four months to complete, will give them 10 to 15 years before they may need to come up with a long-term project, and at a $2 million price tag that's already funded through SPLOST IV, engineers say it's a good deal for taxpayers.
"That's a good price for a project. It includes several signal upgrades, we're going to upgrade everything, build some street scapes, dress the place up, so I'm excited about it," Cassell said.