Intersections are a known place where Georgia car accidents take place, especially T-bone accidents. One intersection in particular is being reviewed for a proposed roundabout to help reduce Douglas County car accidents; however, it is getting mixed reactions.
The proposed roundabout is planned for the intersection of Highways 92 and 166 in Douglas County. The current interchange there is 50 years old, said Keary Lord, assistant director of transportation for Douglas County. Lord also stated, “We’ve got a crash problem. A safety issue. We’ve got growing traffic. We have to take care of the transportation system and the traveling public now into the future.”
According to the numbers from the Georgia Department of Transportation between 2007 and 2012, this intersection involved:
- 39 motor vehicle accidents
- 20 of those accidents involved injuries
- 46 percent of the wrecks were T-bone crashes
Lord and other transportation officials believe that roundabouts keep traffic moving and reduce dangerous accidents—angled collisions—from taking place. Research has shown that low-speed sideswipes are more common collisions in roundabouts, which are not as dangerous as accidents at traditional intersections.
The design on this roundabout includes bikes lanes and bypass lanes for traffic traveling east toward Fulton County on Highway 166 and traffic heading north on Highway 92. Construction is supposed to start on this roundabout by fall 2015 and costs an estimated $1.3 million—paid for entirely with federal funds. While some Douglas County residents are for this road and traffic improvement, others are against it and fear that it will cause more congestion and slow traffic down too much.