Folks traveling through Harlem will soon see a new change to one of their major intersections. One that will help prevent more traffic accidents.
It will be located at Pumpkin Center, that's where Wrightsboro Road meets Appling-Harlem and Ray Owens Roads. Over the years there have been so many accidents at that location, plus it will make traveling through the area, a lot easier for motorists and cyclists. The roundabout will be single-lane for vehicles, but have an extra lane dedicated to only big vehicles like buses and semi-trucks.
County officials say they're looking forward to the new construction, knowing that stats have proven roundabouts can reduce traffic accidents by as much as 75%.
"It's just safer, you never have to stop," said Pam Tucker, EMA Director for Columbia County. "You don't have those conflict points where you have to stop and maybe somebody's running a stop sign or traffic signals that slow down the flow. You never stop, you just continue to go."
"My own husband had an accident at the intersection, and it was a bad accident, so I know firsthand that a roundabout would have totally prevented that," said Tucker. "So you know, down the road people will start to learn to appreciate it and when they do start using it they'll say, you know this is very good."
The project is funded through the Georgia Department of Transportation. Completion is expected in Spring of 2014.
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