Just in case anyone still holds a lingering hope that the Georgia Department of Transportation isn’t going to build a traffic circle in the Pumpkin Center intersection, it’s probably time to put that to rest.
Despite near-unanimous opposition from local residents and a tepid reception from local officials, the state DOT is plowing ahead with spending a huge federal grant to build the roundabout.
And there’s nothing anyone locally can do about it – not even the campaign promise, by one of the losing candidates in last year’s District 4 County Commission race, to “stand in front of the bulldozers.”
For all its certainty, however, apparently the Pumpkin Center traffic circle will be built in slow motion.
Recent advertisements by the DOT set out details for the roundabout’s design. What isn’t included in the ads is the construction timetable, but DOT area engineer Mike Keene fills that in: The project won’t even start until June 2013 at the soonest.
What that means, unfortunately, is that the unwanted roundabout, which the DOT first announced more than a year ago, won’t get underway until at least another year and a half from now. For residents who don’t want the thing in the first place, that just means the DOT will drag out its inevitability, like putting off an execution that’s going to happen anyway.
Just put the darn intersection out of its misery already.
In the meantime, motorists already successfully navigate privately funded roundabouts every day in the entrance of Riverwood Plantation, and in the middle of Marshall Square. The newest one, while a total waste of taxpayers’ money, at least won’t be the end of the world.