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Changes coming to dangerous stretch of road

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Day or night a section of Old National Highway south of 285 resembles the game Frogger. People are darting across four lanes of busy traffic.

"Trying to not get hit by cars," said Kristen Chandler, pedestrian.

The issue is people want to go to the bus stop near Jolly Road and the next door business, but the crosswalk is nearly a half-mile away. The posted speed limit is 40 mph.

Earlier this week, within 24 hours, two women were hit as tried to walk across the road near the bus stop. One of them died.

Tracy Thomas knows both women.

"It seems like a no win situation. If they had a crosswalk a light, that would be real good," said Thomas.

Traffic Operations Manager Wyvern Budram with the Fulton County Facilities and Transportation Department released this statement:
"We are deeply saddened at the news of the fatality and injury of two pedestrians on old National Highway. Fulton County takes pedestrian safety very seriously. We currently have a street and traffic improvement project plan under way for the Old National Corridor that includes the addition of count-down pedestrian signals, wheelchair ramps, widening existing sidewalks and adding traffic cameras that connect to our traffic control center. Additionally, the corridor is a state highway and we will work cooperatively with the State of Georgia to continue to identify any additional improvements that would help to enhance the safety of Old National Highway. As we continue to review and improve the corridor, we urge drivers to exercise caution and ask that pedestrians take such safety measures as utilizing crosswalks and at night forgoing dark clothing for greater visibility to oncoming drivers."

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