Georgia DOT Working On Plan To Improve Safety On Mike Padgett Hi - WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken

Georgia DOT Working On Plan To Improve Safety On Mike Padgett Highway

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The Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) is working on a project to improve road safety on a busy highway after several accidents.

The most recent accident was on Wednesday. Four people were sent to the hospital after authorities say a truck swerved to avoid hitting another truck...and ended up rolling over a car.

As a result of accidents like that, the Georgia DOT is making plans to put up a concrete median from Bennock Mill Road to Old Waynesboro Road. But, until that construction begins, many neighbors and drivers say this highway isn't safe. They say the collisions are often caused by the lack of turn lanes and long stretches of road before a red light.

One nearby resident says the speeding on Mike Padgett is what really worries him. "Once they hit that light up there at Old Waynesboro Road, coming toward International Paper, they're speeding. They get on it. They know they got a long stretch before they have another red light," says New Life Baptist Church member Bill Arnold.

The construction plan will cost up to $25 million. It's expected to begin later this year and last about a month.

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