Originally created 05/12/00

Project will help car flow



The Rev. Pierce Norman can't wait for completion of an intersection improvement project next to his church to be completed.

"We're happy about it because that's a very dangerous intersection, and I think it will make it safer and allow safer access in and out of our parking lot," said the Rev. Norman, pastor of Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church at Hereford Farm and Columbia roads.

The $526,981 project will realign Lewiston and Hereford Farm roads at the intersection of Columbia Road - a move officials hope will improve safety of the intersection.

The project began in mid-April and should be completed by Aug. 15, said Ronnie Hutto, Columbia County pre-construction engineer. A joint project of the county and the Georgia Department of Transportation, the contract was awarded to Beam's Pavement Maintenance Co. Inc. of Beech Island.

When completed, the roads will be aligned at right angles, and left-turn lanes will be added to improve traffic movement through the intersection. The project, which includes almost a mile of intersection improvements, also will include turn lanes in all four directions.

"The reason we're doing it now is to better align the intersection, and the main reason is safety," Mr. Hutto said, adding the county put in a traffic light at the intersection two years ago. "The major improvement will be the addition of the left-turn lanes which will allow the main-line traffic to freely flow. Now if you make a left turn, nobody can go anywhere.

"We're giving them a storage area for those turning left so the through traffic can continue. It should make that intersection much more efficient."

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