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Ads offer details for Pumpkin Center roundabout

Posted: December 28, 2011 - 1:06am  |  Updated: December 28, 2011 - 4:09am
Traffic is heavy at times at the intersection of Wrightsboro Road and Appling Harlem Highway at Pumpkin Center. The State DOT has plans to construct a roundabout at the intersection.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Traffic is heavy at times at the intersection of Wrightsboro Road and Appling Harlem Highway at Pumpkin Center. The State DOT has plans to construct a roundabout at the intersection.

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Legal advertisements that started running Sunday offer details of a traffic circle for Pumpkin Center.

Planned for the intersection at Wrightsboro and Appling Harlem roads, the roundabout will extend 0.36 miles, according to the advertisement purchased by the Georgia Department of Transportation. It will include two lanes at a width of 11 to 15 feet, sidewalks, curb and gutter, and splitter islands on each of the four approaches.

It also will have a truck apron and a central island, and will be lighted.

Though the ads are running, construction of the roundabout won’t start until at least June 2013, said DOT Area Engineer Mike Keene.

Keene said the DOT is federally mandated to run a series of advertisements about the project at this time.

Once under way, Keene said, construction will take a year to 18 months.

During construction, Keene said, the intersection will remain accessible to motorists.

Roundabouts force motorists to make a right turn onto the circle and then another right turn off the circle and onto their street destination.

Currently, a four-way stop controls traffic at that intersection.

Many area residents opposed the traffic circle when it first was proposed last year, calling it unnecessary and a waste of taxpayer money.

DOT officials, though, have been adamant that roundabouts are a safer alternative to stop signs and less costly than installing traffic signals, which would force a road realignment.

The construction cost for the project is estimated at $963,000, paid for through a federal transportation grant.

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Comments (3)

Little Lamb

Count Me In

I am one of the few who is in favor of this roundabout. Let's have an open mind and gain some experience.

Batman

Yet Another Gov't Waste

Once again, the feds borrow money from China and India to build something that's not needed. Local politicians, like Ron Cross can't say no because he loves to spend other people's money. I guess it's true, we do have a representative form of government... this speaks volumes about our people.

ScottRAB

Modern roundabouts are the

Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world. Visit www.iihs.org for safety facts. The safety comes from the ‘slow and go’ operation instead of the ‘stop or go fast’ way a stop light works (or the ‘keep going fast’ large traffic circle fantasy). The smaller size of the modern roundabout is what makes them safer and keeps speeds in the 20 mph range. This makes it much easier to avoid a crash or stop for pedestrians. It also means that if a crash happens the likelihood of injury is very low. Safety is the #1 reason there are over 2,400 modern roundabouts in the US today and many more on the way.

Slow and go also means less delay than a stop light, especially the other 20 hours a day people aren’t driving to or from work. Average daily delay at a signal is around 12 seconds per car. At a modern roundabout average delay is less than five seconds. Signals take an hour of demand and restrict it to a half hour, at best only half the traffic gets to go at any one time. At a modern roundabout four drivers entering from four directions can all enter at the same time. Don’t try that with a signalized intersection.

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