Originally created 05/03/01

Rips DOT's N. Belair widening plan



The Georgia Department of Transportation's proposal to widen North Belair Road to a four-lane highway with a raised concrete median is significantly flawed.

Although DOT claims a raised concrete median will improve safety, the median will force drivers to make dangerous U-turns at intersections without the aid of a traffic light.

Additionally, DOT has made no provision to handle the traffic from institutions with high traffic volume. For example, there is no "cut" in the median to allow left turn access into Wesley United Methodist Church, where I serve as senior pastor.

Our congregation has more than 1,600 members. Average worship attendance is 800, plus we serve 150 preschool students four days a week and feed 350 people on Wednesday nights. Since our events start and end at a specific time, we release large volumes of traffic at one time.

DOT has made no provision for this traffic. The agency needs to modify the design, taking into consideration the needs of the neighborhoods and the institutions along North Belair Road.

Glenn L. Ethridge, Evans