Four dangerous roads in Columbia County soon should get some added signs warning motorists of the potential hazards.
County commissioners voted Tuesday to add flashing signs near three intersections and a sharp curve.
Intersections receiving overhead warning beacons are Ray Owens and White Oak roads, William Few Parkway at Chamblin Road, and Harlem Grovetown and Louisville roads. A curve on South Old Belair Road near the intersection on South Belair Road will get a road-mounted warning beacon.
The beacons should be in place within 45 days, said county Construction and Maintenance Services Director Matt Schlachter.
Commissioners also voted to lower the speed limit on Ray Owens Road to 45 mph for a mile north of the White Oak Road intersection.
Altogether, the new signs will cost $14,000; to be paid for with 1-percent sales tax funds earmarked for transportation.
In other construction news, the commission authorized nearly $100,000 in improvements at two Appling parks.
Eubank Blanchard Community Center, 6868 Cobbham Road, will get a quarter-mile asphalt track, a picnic pavilion, irrigation system, fence for the ball field, repainted basketball court and more improvements worth more than $72,000.
The Lonnie Morris Sr. Park, 1951 Appling Harlem Highway, also will get a picnic pavilion, irrigation system and other upgrades worth nearly $27,000.
With the commission approval, Schlacther said he soon will take bids for those projects.
Money for the upgrades is coming from Commissioner Bill Morris’ sales tax discretionary funds. Morris’ District 4 includes the two parks.
Also at the meeting, commissioners tabled discussion of proposed upgrades to the county water and sewer system worth nearly $9.5 million.
The potential upgrades include booster, pump and lift stations; effluent filters; new water mains; and a meter system.
Commissioners said they wanted more time to discuss the projects before making a decision. They’ll take up the issue again on June 5.