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Light planned between Kroger, Publix

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 5:38 PM
Last updated 7:53 PM
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A new traffic signal is in the works for the 2800 block of Washington Road.

Department of Transportation District Traffic Engineer Kedrick Collins said the signal has been approved for the area between the Publix and Kroger shopping centers. Collins said the project comes in conjunction with the upcoming expansion of Kroger, which has already proposed a drive to align with the road adjacent to Publix.

Augusta Traffic Engineer Steve Cassell said that despite the large volume of traffic that portion of Washington Road sees each April during Masters Week, local traffic engineers never pushed for the new light.

Cassell said the engineers refused the offer several times but reconsidered because traffic continues to increase.

The light, however, isn’t expected to offer any additional benefit during the golf tournament.

“We always operated during Masters as if there was a signal there, so it shouldn’t make a difference,” he said.

The developer has been issued a permit to begin work on the area, but work is not anticipated to begin until mid-April at the earliest.

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countyman
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countyman 02/07/14 - 09:43 pm
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I feel sorry for the people who have to drive this stretch of Washington road daily.. The Washington Crossing shopping center and the development in front of the Kroger will bring additional traffic..

dichotomy
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dichotomy 02/07/14 - 10:37 pm
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Aah stoplights....the price

Aah stoplights....the price of progress. I guess it's either that or Section 8ers. On the Southside we don't have to stop very often.....it's too dangerous.....best to keep moving......harder to hit a moving target. No reason to stop anyway. No stores or restaurants that draw enough traffic to warrant a light. And the few stores that are still open some jackass keeps driving a Ford truck through them. Yep, sure glad I don't have to put up with the traffic hassles of Washington Rd.

WillyWanker
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WillyWanker 02/08/14 - 02:25 am
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Lovely reply dichotomy

Lovely reply dichotomy. Great to start the day with an excellent observation from an optimistic neighbor.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/08/14 - 09:35 am
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Competition

It seems strange to stop traffic on Washington Rd. just so shoppers can go straight across Washington Rd. from Kroger to Publix and vice-versa.

Clemsondoc
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Clemsondoc 02/08/14 - 12:27 pm
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Just a hunch

But I'm guessing the lights so ppl can turn left and even safely turn right out of the shopping centers. Washington Road is a true nightmare. I'm not much of a chain person so I avoid it unless I'm going to watch a sporting event.

jb1968ga
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jb1968ga 02/08/14 - 12:46 pm
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Reason for new traffic signal

The new traffic signal is designed to eliminate the danger of entering and exiting Kroger at the current entrance near the traffic signal at Alexander. It is very difficult ... and dangerous ... to try to get in and out of that shopping center when traffic is heavy. And the same holds true for the Publix entrance.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 02/08/14 - 12:47 pm
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Won't you help? Dixieman needs 10,000 points

Well it doesn't really matter because the crazy CSRA drivers on that stretch of Washington Road already ignore all the other lights and signs and will just do the same scofflaw act on the new light.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/08/14 - 01:51 pm
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T.U.

I gave you a thumbs up, Dixieman.

:-)

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