Mystery sign targets intersection

Drivers take cue to contact DOT
No one is claiming credit for putting up a sign at Blanchard and Washington roads that asks motorists to call the Georgia Transportation Department about problems at the intersection. A study has rejected putting a traffic signal at the busy area.

A sign at the corner of Blanchard and Washington roads advises motorists to call the Georgia Department of Transportation about delays at the busy intersection.

How it got there remains a mystery.

"We're not responsible for the sign being out there, but we are aware of it," said Kedrick Collins, a state DOT district traffic operations manager. "We have entertained all the complaints that have come in."

Most are from drivers complaining about trying to turn onto Washington Road.

"Most of the traffic coming out there is turning right going back toward Augusta," Collins said. "Anytime you've got one or two left turners there, they're holding up all the right turners."

Some have safety concerns regarding left turns onto Blanchard Road from Washington Road, Collins said.

Residents requested a traffic signal at the intersection, but a traffic study found it wasn't warranted, Road Construction Manager Steve Exley said.

The county is considering adding a lane for right turns onto Washington Road before work starts on the intersection as part of the widening project of the state highway from Gibbs Road to William Few Parkway.

"That would separate the left-turn and right-turn movements," he said. "That could possibly help."

The sign is on a vacant 1.2-acre lot at 4720 Washington Road. Because it is not in the county right of way, it doesn't need to be removed, said Development Services Director Richard Harmon.

According to county records, the property is owned by WSG of America LLC. The Web site for Georgia's secretary of state has no listing for a company by that name.

As long as the sign remains up, Collins said his department will continue to listen to any concerns and complaints motorists have.

"They're directed to here, and we're going to respond," he said.