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I live on Hardy McManus Road – just driveways west of where a fatal collision occurred Oct.10, taking the life of a child and changing a family and friends forever. The speed limit is 45 mph on the majority of this roadway. It is 35 at the location of the collision. No one goes 45, much less 35, on this road.

Each day when I wait for traffic to pass so I can enter the road from my driveway, I wonder if today is the day that I’m not going to make it. When there finally is a break in the traffic and I do get out, it’s in only seconds that the rearview mirror shows a car on my rear. The driver also is giving me a hand signal that perhaps shows he thinks I’m No. 1.

To complicate the future of this situation, Columbia County commissioners have approved a new road to feed into this one that is presently under construction to feed traffic from the suburb to the north so drivers can get onto Furys Ferry Road. I suspect that this will result in several hundred new cars each day on the road, which has adjacent house developments that total in excess of 3,000 homes, housing people who leave for and return from work twice daily. I have asked the county for a new projected traffic count but that request has been ignored.

The savior in all of this is the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Its patrol of this area is extraordinary. I have lived in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Colorado, and this department provides far more comfort of security and protection than I ever experienced. We will rely on them to continue to perform in their normal manner.

Ted Foti

Evans

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localguy55
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localguy55 10/18/13 - 07:19 am
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It is much easier and faster

It is much easier and faster to have a 500 unit subdivision constructed than it is to widen and reconstruct the arterial road that wil be utilized by the residence of the new subdivision, not to mention the cost to the tax payer. This example is seen all through Columbia county. This is a rural county that continues to grow. When the county proposes to widen a road here comes the locals complaining about the disruption in the traffic during the construction. It is a no win situation for the county. If they raise taxes to construct roads people complain. Road construction is very expensive because materials and labor costs are so high. People need to decide what they want and expect a consequence for the decision they make. No taxes no roads. Pay taxes and get some travel disruptions. It is what it is.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/18/13 - 08:20 am
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Complaints

If they propose to widen the road, residents who actually own homes on the road rise up in opposition, because they are going to lose some of their front yards, and they know they will have a more difficult time backing out of their driveways into a four-lane highway.

The Georgia DOT announced back in the 1990s that they were going to widen Old Petersburg Road. They even put up a sign at Baston and Old Petersburg with a 404 phone number to call for information about the widening. Well, here it is 2013 and the road is still two-lane. It is because the residents stood up in opposition.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/18/13 - 08:28 am
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We are paying the taxes and still the roads lag behind CC sprawl
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Because the housing developer, contractors, realtors control every aspect of CC life. Instead of industry, we sell schools. Schools mean people and people mean tax revenue. People need homes which provide the "CC mafia" with revenue. CC needs a government to determine who and where the houses are built. Zoning and restrictions. The "CC mafia" uses the government to make $$$.

Road construction money is the easiest to seal. Always was and always will be. Road construction to benefit Wally World or Mullins Crossing is not an issue. CC can change a federal, state or county road if it chooses. Except for the 30 square feet in front of the Evans Diner. Which must contain the remains of the "CC patron saint"?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/18/13 - 08:29 am
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Yes, you will have another cross county thoroughfare emptying
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onto an already crowded two land country road to another state.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/18/13 - 08:32 am
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CC knows they are going to approve 3000 single family homes
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on a road that was built for 1945 traffic. This is not a traffic flow issue for CC. It is an opportunity to defer highway funds to "never never land".

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/18/13 - 08:35 am
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CC engineering. Three 4 inch pipes empty in one 2 inch pipe.
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Just like the water flowing from Harlem to the river. Except for Fort Gordon traffic, all roads lead to Evans as the county empties toward Augusta.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/18/13 - 08:37 am
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Infrastructure before the sprawl. Is it more creation of crisis?
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Infrastructure before the sprawl. Is it more creation of crisis?

localguy55
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localguy55 10/18/13 - 08:57 am
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Little Lamb, you are wrong.

Little Lamb, you are wrong. That road is slated to go under construction in less than a year. Due to design changes caused by a decision of Columbia county in issuing a permit to construct Wedgewood low income Apts. caused the project to be redesigned which takes a long time. It is a main thoroughfare and it will be built.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/18/13 - 09:14 am
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The barrels were out and crews working Monday morning. Cutting
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through the Euchee creek swamp. You can see Hardy McManus from General Riverwoood's Plantation.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/18/13 - 09:15 am
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The wetlands survey was cancelled. Its OK to build in the swamp
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The wetlands survey was cancelled. Its OK to build in the swamp

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/18/13 - 09:19 am
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A new strip mall will soon be in place at Wm Few and Riverwood
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There will be no additional traffic around the "cluster schools" at the end of a dead end road. Ingress and egress were resolved with the Wetlands Study. If the trains and the sewage treatment plant hasn't already discouraged the birds, they are of no consequence.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/18/13 - 09:24 am
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Two right turn lanes that could be not built for school traffic
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backup on Washington Rd, will be built for the strip mall. Another red light will be placed at Wm Few & Riverwood PKWY to facilitate traffic into the strip mall. Or maybe a second traffic circle with four way yields?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/18/13 - 09:25 am
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3000 new homes times 2.5 cars = 7500 additional cars.
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More taxes collected, but without infrastructure.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/18/13 - 09:26 am
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Let's resurvey Washington Rd from Wally World to Wm. Few.
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Let's resurvey Washington Rd from Wally World to Wm. Few.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/18/13 - 09:27 am
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Let's raise some sewer lids that were below the Euchee Floodplan
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Let's raise some sewer lids that were below the Euchee Floodplan

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/18/13 - 09:29 am
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Lay those sewer pipes in the bottom of the swamp. Up stream
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from the sewage treatment plant. Euchee Creek. Another of those old "country thoroughfares" inherited by the CC Engineers, LLC.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/18/13 - 09:30 am
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Sewer water like rain water does flow downhill. Who knew?
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Sewer water like rain water does flow downhill. Who knew?

David Parker
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David Parker 10/18/13 - 10:41 am
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It has to happen. I read it

It has to happen. I read it on the internet.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 10/18/13 - 12:13 pm
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I beleive funding also

I beleive funding also contributed to the slowdown of the Riverwatch completion.

My chief gripe is the four-laning without including center turn lanes. NUTS!

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 10/18/13 - 12:20 pm
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Mr. Foti

Just a guess on my part; but I wager at least some of the one finger salutes are because you pull out and creep up to the speed limit rather than accelerating. I never give a thought to someone pulling out in front of me if they quickly get up to the speed limit and not cause me to brake hard for them.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/18/13 - 01:32 pm
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Dichotomy

It is a bit of a puzzlement to me. First, Mr. Foti complains that no one obeys the speed limit on Hardy McManus Rd. Then he praises the sheriff deputies who patrol, but presumably don't write speeding tickets.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 10/18/13 - 05:05 pm
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While y'all are on Roads

When is Mims Road, that washed during the July flooding, going to be Fixed?

3+ months and counting....

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 10/18/13 - 06:11 pm
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Probably about the same time

that my backyard sink hole gets some remedial attention. Different counties, I know, but the problems are much the same.

RedQuinoa
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RedQuinoa 10/18/13 - 08:58 pm
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Point of clarification

The LTE has one notable error: The writer claims that the speed LIMIT at the point where the accident occurred is 35 MPH. This is incorrect - what he's referring to is a diamond-shaped yellow (hazard) sign in the area, indicating a turnoff (at Woodruff Landing), which is accompanied by a small yellow sign underneath it saying, "35 M.P.H." This is not a speed limit - it is the speed drivers SHOULD go but are not REQUIRED (by law) to go at that point (per the GA Drivers Manual published by the DDS).

The enforceable speed LIMIT on H-M road is 45 MPH from one end to the other (of course there's a school zone at Riverside Elementary which enforces a lower speed limit during certain times of day).

I imagine that those who actually slow down to 35 MPH in that particular zone are few and far between, and those who do, invite road-rage peril potentially far worse than a one-finger "salute".

That said, the writer's message is spot-on: People drive entirely too fast on H-M road, and the volume of cars is ever-increasing. Of course this is not exclusive to H-M road by a long shot. The addition of the William Few Pkwy feed into H-M road is probably not going to help.

Gone are the days of a "peaceful country drive" now that suburbia has arrived.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/18/13 - 09:35 pm
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Zig-Zag

Maybe instead of widening Hardy-McManus Rd., they could put a zig-zag in there at certain points a la Lombard Drive in San Francisco.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 10/19/13 - 10:53 am
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I'm looking at the red thumbs

and every single comment has one, no matter what is said. Totally innocuous points of fact get the red thumb.

I think it's high time that thumbers get identified by the AC, a la Disqus. Just a drop-down that lists everyone's moniker who voted up or down, as the case might be, is in order so that the trolls are outed, at least in terms of their identities on the AC.

Looks like it's time for an email to Sean.

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