BURKE COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - Despite the number of deadly and serious crashes going down in 2018 in Burke County, there are still problem areas in the county. Local leaders met with the Georgia Department of Transportation on Thursday, Jan. 3, to talk about those and how to fix them. Now, GDOT is looking at about four miles of Highway 25 stretching from Cohen Road to Old Millen Highway.
For the study, GDOT will be conducting a Traffic Signal Operation Review (TSOR), as well as a speed analysis. The TSOR is what BCSO is most interested in learning about, as they say the intersection of Highways 24 and 25 is the most dangerous. Lt. Brandon Reeves said, “We’re seeing a pattern where the traffic light was coming into play as a causation of the collisions that were occurring here at the intersection.” Lt. Randall Norman added, “A lot of our citizens have also reached out to us and have noted this as being a big problem area.” GDOT officials will be analyzing data from the traffic light itself, as well as other factors contributing to the intersection as a whole. Kyle Collins with GDOT said, “Really just doing an overall analysis to see if there is some improvements we can make to increase safety.”
The TSOR will take about a month to complete, while the speed analysis will take a little longer. As soon as the first part of the study is complete, Burke County officials will have access to the findings. Lt. Norman said, “Immediately following those results coming back, we will be setting up a new meeting, and as an organization, community, partnerships and things like that, the Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Department of Transportation, Burke County EMA-- as a whole we will sit down to come up with a plan to combat this.”
In the meantime, BCSO said they will continue educational efforts, marketing and social media reminders to continue to keep the statistics down. Lt. Norman said, “We are pleased to be here, pleased to work here and we just want to keep everyone safe.”
People are encouraged to reach out to the DOT and their Sheriff’s Office’s with concerns or criticisms about roadways. Collins said that is often the first step to fixing issues and making change.