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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. 



Son of Liberty
-1 #1 Son of Liberty 2015-12-31 07:55
I think this the island that forces only right turns is actually a very good idea. Obviously an overpass is too expensive and, as we see in Jasper, red lights don't seem to stop wrecks, though they may prevent some.
However, I think the next intersection north at Big Uns is worse. You can't see as well to the left when you try to pull out from the BBQ restaurant side.
scott higgins
0 #2 scott higgins 2016-01-07 15:21
Why is it to expensive ? How much is a life worth ?

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