The intersection of Antioch Church Road and Highway 515.
In direct response to a forum regarding a proposal to install a concrete median at Antioch Church Road and Highway 515, Jasper’s mayor has increased police presence at the intersection.
Several dozen Talking Rock residents, business owners and leaders spoke in adamant opposition to GDOT’s proposition, which would force right turns off of Antioch Church Road onto the four-lane.
Members of the public became emotional and heated as they expressed their concerns against the proposal.
Business owners said the blocked median would devastate the Talking Rock business district. Other residents tearfully recalled fatal accidents involving loved ones. Many members of the public, including some who live off Antioch and use the intersection daily, said speeding is the root cause of the dangerous situation.
At the regular Jasper city council meeting two days later, on Wednesday, Jan. 6, Mayor John Weaver announced his intention to increase police visibility at the intersection.
Three corners of the intersection have been previously annexed into the city limits of Jasper, though the road serves as the main entry into Talking Rock from the fourlane.
The Jasper mayor said motorists need to slow down in that area or expect a citation.
The speed limit at the intersection is 65 m.p.h.
“It’s not a speed trap if we warn you,” said Weaver, who expects the Antioch Church Road/ Highway 515 intersection to be a “major controversy” in the coming months.
Weaver said he is personally not in favor of GDOT’s proposal. He said he has plans to submit an alternate proposal to the state agency.
Other news from meeting:
•Pickens County Economic Development Director Gerry Nechvatal said the Pickens Chamber of Commerce is cataloging existing hiking trails and walking areas in the county, which will eventually be available in one location on the chamber’s website.