Mystery sign targets intersection

Drivers take cue to contact DOT

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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.

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.   Jim Blaylock/Staff
Jim Blaylock/Staff
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.

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.

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Chillen
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Chillen 07/21/10 - 02:25 pm
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What a great idea someone

What a great idea someone had. That is a terribly dangerous intersection. Turning left onto Wash Rd off of Blanchard is using one of your "9 lives".

Dixieman
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Dixieman 07/21/10 - 03:31 pm
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So...the government can't

So...the government can't figure out how one of ITS OWN SIGNS got installed by the side of the road? Sheeeeeesh!

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 07/21/10 - 03:53 pm
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What would help is people

What would help is people learning how to drive and paying attention. I've never had a problem with the intersection myself, just the idiots using it.

datarelease
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datarelease 07/22/10 - 12:29 am
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Big government Dems, always

Big government Dems, always looking for a handout

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 07/22/10 - 08:13 am
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It's NOT one of their signs.
Unpublished

It's NOT one of their signs. Looks like a concerned citizen fed up with not being able to safely turn left had it done. Good for them!!! Vehicles coming into town are usually speeding and tailgating and it's dangerous turning across the multiple lanes of traffic.

csrareader
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csrareader 07/22/10 - 08:40 am
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This is not the only

This is not the only intersection in Columbia County that needs attention. The Columbia County Traffic Engineering Department, Columbia County Commission (including Ron Cross), and the Georgia Department of Transportation were all contacted repeatedly about the intersection of Lewiston Road and International Parkway. They are ignoring the problem. We haven't accumulated enough traffic fatalities at this intersection, but that will all change in the future. The State of Georgia and Columbia County needs a trail of blood before action can be taken.

Rob Pavey
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Rob Pavey 07/22/10 - 09:38 am
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The phantom sign was a great

The phantom sign was a great idea. That intersection is dangerous and will become even moreso as visitation grows to the county's big soccer venue at Blanchard Woods Park. According to Columbia County Sheriff's Office records, there have been at least 26 serious crashes - and at least one fatality - at that intersection since 2005, not including two minor school bus fender-benders. That doesnt include even more accidents where people turn right from Blanchard onto Washington and then attempt to turn left into the Woodbridge convenience store to turn around and go west on Washington. The county has tried unsuccessfully to convince DOT to add a traffic light there. Until that happens, accidents will continue.

csrareader
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csrareader 07/22/10 - 04:02 pm
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Rob, thanks for the info.

Rob, thanks for the info. That is a very, very dangerous intersection that needs immediate attention. Just wondering, do you have the Columbia County Sheriff's Office records for the intersection of Lewiston Road and International Parkway. There is no way for folks to turn left from International Parkway onto Lewiston Road. With Grovetown High School located on International Parkway, it won't be long before one of our young drivers is seriously injured or killed at this intersection. We have received no support from Columbia County officials or the DOT.

stokton12
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stokton12 07/23/10 - 05:47 pm
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The problem is Blanchard Road

The problem is Blanchard Road being underdeveloped. It does not warrant a traffic signal. Just separate left and right turners and they should be able to find adequate gaps to turn into Washington Road. This should help the left turners to not jump the gun, trying to appease the growing queue behind them. A traffic signal will just backup Washington Rd's traffic and could also delay the cars on Blanchard Road by not enabling them to turn at their convenience. The county just needs to upgrade Blanchard.

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