Wrecks with injuries stall Mike Padgett Highway traffic

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 8:29 AM
Last updated 9:35 AM
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Portions of the 3800 block of Mike Padgett Highway were closed this morning while crews attend to wrecks with injuries.

A damaged vehicle was taken from the scene.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
A damaged vehicle was taken from the scene.

According to Richmond County sheriff’s dispatch, the wreck occurred around 8:15 a.m.

Few details are available. Dispatch did report a pickup truck overturned and was on fire. Several motorists were taken to area hospital, deputies said, but none of the injuries were believed to be life threatening.

The crash also resulted in 75-80 yards of wreckage, deputies said. 

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/26/12 - 08:36 am
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Another deadly wreck

When will Augusta do something with this dang road??

South Augusta march in the streets about this....if anything needs attention this highway does..

beboisme
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beboisme 09/26/12 - 08:42 am
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Seen it, is it the road, or

Seen it, is it the road, or people just not paying attention?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/26/12 - 09:02 am
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Both bebo....but the road

Both bebo....but the road needs some work..

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 09/26/12 - 09:08 am
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Yet Augusta's Death Road still awaits safety upgrades

All the facts of this latest wreck are not in yet. But 60+ yards of burning wreckage indicates it not going to be good.

This happen in the area of between Hwy 56 / 4H club rd.
and a DAY CARE and several School Bus stops up Castleton MHP.

There are NO turn lanes, NO Safety Lanes, and NO Lane dividers. Just traffic coming right at you, and a thin white line separating you and the other logging truck by inches at 55mph. Too many sometimes these wrecks involve loaded Logging trucks with questionable loads and maintenance records.

Last I heard GA DOT was telling us MAY BE sometime will happen in 2015 or 2016. At the current rate of road deaths for Hwy 56 between Tobacco Rd and Browns Rd. that equals 12 to 15 people will die before the problems are fixed.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/26/12 - 09:15 am
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What is important ...

The road by the National or this highway...Rebel is right when he says start the protests.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/26/12 - 09:54 am
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Open Curtain "Just traffic

Open Curtain "Just traffic coming right at you, and a thin white line separating you and the other logging truck by inches at 55mph."

How about try 65 and sometimes 70 mph....at least that was the approx speed of the couple of vehicles who passed me yesterday. Once they zoom past the light at Goshen Road it's a free fall to see who can make it to the light at Old Waynesboro Rd and try and make it through that light before it changes to red.

These accidents are not all due to the logging truck (although some of them need a refresher course on how to drive) but the ones I've seen flying down the road have been personal vehicles. It's amazing to watch them fly around the bend at Brown Road, zoom past the loop and skim just under the changing of the light at Goshen Road to high top knotch speed just about the time you get to the Golden Pantry and Day Care area. Surprised about the number of accidents? Not one bit.

Evil Regal
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Evil Regal 09/26/12 - 09:51 am
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It's not the road. It's the
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It's not the road. It's the people driving like idiots on the road. Nearly every accident I've read about on Mike Padgett recently has mentioned a distracted driver. Perhaps everyone needs to quit fiddling with the cellphones, GPS, radio, etc and pay attention to the traffic around them.

Washington Road, Deans Bridge, I-20, etc all have about the same volume of accidents as 56 but I never see anyone blame the roads for those crashes.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 09/26/12 - 10:47 am
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Sorry Evil

The AC ran a article a few months ago, which showed the number of deaths per mile exceeded every road in Richmond Co.
The GA DOT acknowledged it was extremely in bad need of redesign due to many quick fixes that have been applied over the years.

Washington Rd. have wider lanes, a safety lane. Dean Bridge has a median, I-20 has medians and guard rails. All of these have turn lanes and pull off areas. They are posted 35-40 MPH

Augusta's Death Rd. has NONE of these.
plus a 45++ Mph roadway. the fast lanes are never more that 6 inches from a serious side swap. Look at the truck in the photo mostly all driver side damage.

Sure we have our share of foolish speeders but no more than West Augusta with their BMW sport cars and rocket bikes.

Drive the left lane between 3pm and 6pm M-F and watch the number of NEAR MISSES.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/26/12 - 10:48 am
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evil

Say whatever you please...but we know the road needs some attention...no ifs & no buts.

Evil Regal
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Evil Regal 09/26/12 - 11:11 am
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I didn't say or mean to imply
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I didn't say or mean to imply that nothing needed to be improved upon on Hwy 56/Mike Padgett. I am just saying that 90% of the time when I read of a wreck on this road the article mentions that the driver was on a cellphone, fiddling with the radio, or going too fast for conditions, etc.

Sure SOME of the accidents may be the fault of the road not having proper turning lanes at certain points or not being wide enough at certain points. But a lot of it also has to do with distracted drivers and people with lead feet who don't know the meaning of the word "speed limit".

You could fix Hwy 56 and make it 100% state of the art all you want but until people learn to respect speeding limits and learn to respect that fact that they need to have their full attention on the road when operating a 2-ton vehicle at 50 mph PLUS the accidents will continue to happen.

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rebellious 09/26/12 - 11:11 am
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Regal

Speeds on Washington and Deans Bridge are no way near what we see on 56. I-20 and Deans Bridge are both divided highways. The stretch of 56 mentioned here is divided by a double yellow line with no middle accel/decel lane. As such, and I don't have statistics for this conclusion just as I suspect you have none for your statement, the collisions on 56 often result in fatalities.
This is a State Hwy and the state has approved 22 million for widening that section. I agree 2013 does seem a long ways off. Definitely NOT a shovel ready project.

mikeelliott
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mikeelliott 09/26/12 - 01:31 pm
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In the works

If you will notice you will see some of the homes on the river side are being abandoned (bought by the DOT) as the most visible step to creating a divided highway. The Golden Pantry will relocate toward the rear of their property. I have traveled this road for over 30 years with no problems. I do travel the speed limit and keep plenty of room between me and the car ahead....and watch for what's happening in the opposite lanes...yes, a little bit of trouble keeping my head in the game, but, well worth the end results.

F4therTime
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F4therTime 09/27/12 - 08:23 am
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One problem...
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They closed all the through roads between 56 and the loop. That used to alleviate a lot of traffic. It was kind of like the Riverwatch Parkway of South Augusta. There are not enough traffic lights between Tobacco Road and Goshen to break the flow of traffic and even though I hated them this road could use service roads. Last, but not least, whoever designed the intersections right by I-520 should be taken out to the woodshed. Allowing those 3 gas stations right in that heavily traveled intersection? Are you kidding me? I have had at least 10 people pull in front of me leaving the stations on the Marvin Griffin road side. I know there was one death there recently from the same thing. Some of it is drivers but when you have that amount of traffic flowing through roads and intersections that are not equipped to handle that volume this is the result.

SPARKSTER83
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SPARKSTER83 09/27/12 - 09:21 am
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THEY NEED TO CHANGE THE NAME
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THEY NEED TO CHANGE THE NAME FROM HWY 56 TO HWY AND THE NUMBER OF DEATHS THAT HAVE OCCURED THERE,AND CHANGE THE NUMBER EVERYTIME SOMEONE ELSE DIES,MAYBE THEN THEY WILL DO SOMETHING.

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