Johns Creek gears up to repair worst intersections
JOHNS CREEK, GA (CBS46) -
Johns Creek is gearing up for a busy year when it comes to road construction and now they know exactly where the work is needed.
The city just got a report back that ranks the top 10 worst intersections based on the number and severity of crashes.
Most of the intersections were along Jones Bridge Road, including the worst intersection at Jones Bridge and State Bridge roads. Some of the intersections made the list after seeing more than 50 accidents in one year.
Clarke Collins said it doesn't surprise him at all.
"I think they are very dangerous. I think with the amount of traffic out here, and people trying to move quickly to make a light creates a risk for all of us," said Collins.
The city said some of the intersections were obvious, but others weren't. Thomas Black is the city's public works director.
"There were a couple that were with some serious accidents that jumped up a little higher on our ladder," said Black.
One thing that didn't jump up on them was the cost. The city already has the money ready through its general fund, state and federal grants. So with the money already there, construction isn't far off.
"I'd say you're going to see orange barrels all over the city this next year," said Black.
Most of the work will be minor, including striping, new lights, and a little bit of grading, but the city said it will make a huge difference.
Residents like Collins think it's great.
"I think anything would be an improvement," said Collins.
But there are others, like Allen Gerling, who think minor improvements aren't enough.
"About the only thing that will really help is going to be widening the roads. How much more can you lengthen the turn lane up here?" said Gerling.
The city hopes to have the roughly $6 million worth of improvements done in about 2 1/2 years.
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