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Antioch/515 crossing subject of second called meeting



A bus prepares to make a left from Antioch Church Road onto Highway 515. GDOT says this intersection has a high rate of crashes. 

Per the request of incoming Talking Rock Mayor Randy Banks, the Georgia Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting regarding proposed changes to the intersection of Antioch Church Road and Highway 515, which has been determined to have a high rate of crashes.  

GDOT held an open house on December 15 regarding the intersection. 

“We wanted to give people a chance to rebut,” said Banks. “We’ve had a lot of interest since the article [in the Progress last week].” 

GDOT has proposed a “J-Turn” for the intersection, the first of its kind in the state that would include construction of a concrete island between northbound and southbound lanes of 515 to prevent traffic from crossing the highway or making left-hand turns. Motorists would be forced to make a right turn off Antioch Church Road and make a u-turn if they wish to travel in the opposite direction on 515. 

The meeting will be held on Monday, January 4 at Talking Rock Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. It will be attended by members of GDOT and Pickens’ House Representative Rick Jasperse.