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DOT will not change signals at dangerous intersection

By Kay S. Pedrotti The good news: paving, added lanes and striping on Highway 341 through Barnesville probably will be finished by the end of November, but mid-December is the extended deadline. The bad news: The intersection where Highway 18 and Rose Avenue come into Veterans Parkway (341) will not have any changes in signals, meaning the east-west route is not scheduled for ‘green arrow’ left turns. Michael Presley, Georgia Department of Transportation area engineer, told The Herald Gazette last week, ‘The engineering study doesn’t justify installing left turn arrows in that direction. There are certain criteria we have to meet, and that intersection doesn’t meet the volume of traffic needed, even taking into consideration the increased volume during the school traffic hours.’ An outside engineer said a ‘left turn on green arrow only’ is called a ‘protected’ left turn. A green arrow plus green, which cycles to ‘yield on green,’ is called a ‘permitted’ left turn. The east-west roads will have neither. Left turn lanes were not realigned to permit better visibility. Gaps in paving will be taken care of within the next couple of years. The whole road project, extending from College Drive in Barnesville on the south to Kalamazoo-Airport Road in Spalding County on the north, is estimated to cost about $13.5 million, Presley said.

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