DOT offers alternative design

Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 04:40 PM.

Daultry said the more involved design would have a crash reduction of 51 percent, but the simple rearrangement of the deceleration lane in the other alternative would have a crash reduction of 25 percent. The second design is also cheaper, at $160,000, compared to the original design that carries an estimated cost of $965,000.

DOT officials said that the less expensive alternative was a safety improvement, but just not as much. If it is built, the state would come back ever six months during a five-year period for an evaluation. If the crash pattern continues, the state could ultimately come back and implement its first choice as a solution.

Residents attending the meeting had mixed reviews of the two designs.

"I think that the safety engineers and the people that design highways have put a lot of effort into this," resident Richard Cota said. "The plan has been put forth with a lot of thought, and I appreciate what DOT has done. I think the overall plan will help things immensely. I know a lot of people won’t agree with me, but it’s a good plan."

Resident Leon Carmichael said that he would like to see the deceleration lane entering the subdivision set back so that traffic doesn’t block visibility.

"They’ve done their jobs, their homework and it’s got to work," he said. "They’re not putting it out there to jeopardize people. Either plan we’ve got to live with. Our whole problem is we’ve only got one entrance and one exit."

Resident Patricia DeMeo said she thought the meeting was just to appease the people.

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