Back in March of this year, on the way home from doing lawn service, my brother and I got off at the Interstate 20/Lewiston Road interchange near Grovetown. I finally saw the small directional signs installed along the west- and eastbound exit ramps pointing the way to Grovetown, in addition to the big highway signs along the east- and westbound I-20 approaches to the exit announcing that the city is off the interstate.
I am finally glad that the Georgia Department of Transportation came through for me and the citizens of Grovetown by putting these directional signs back up so that people can easily find Columbia County’s largest city. The department still needs to make and put the “Bridge May Ice In Winter” signs back up on the north- and southbound Lewiston Road approaches to the new bridge over the interstate.
In addition, there are big highway signs along the interstate’s east- and westbound approaches to the Belair Road/Dyess Parkway interchange announcing that Fort Gordon and Evans are off the interstate. Along the eastbound exit there is a small directional sign announcing that Evans and Fort Gordon are off the interstate. There is no small directional sign along the westbound exit to the road telling that Fort Gordon and Evans are off the interstate. How can people find these places without the sign?
A contracting company removed the sign to put a sound barrier up along the westbound exit ramp as part of the Interstate 20/Bobby Jones improvement project, and did not put the sign back up.
About a year ago, I notified the Tennille, Ga., district of the DOT to let them know about it and they told me that they would get something going and put the sign back up. I am still waiting on a call to let me know when the sign would be installed.
At least, new people moving to the area can find Grovetown when they get off Interstate 20 at Lewiston Road, in thanks to these small directional signs. Thanks so much, Department of Transportation, for putting these signs back up, making me the happiest person in Columbia County!
Byron Ray Wren