Fix It: Exit 199

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WHAT'S THE PROBLEM? The exit ramp leading from westbound Exit 199 Interstate 20 is in very poor condition. Several potholes and bumps line the exit ramp, which leads to Washington Road. This is certainly not a positive example for an entrance to Augusta - especially for out-of-state drivers making their way to the City of Augusta for the first time.

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Exit 199 off I-20 has several holes and bumps in the pavement.  Timothy Cox/Staff
Timothy Cox/Staff
Exit 199 off I-20 has several holes and bumps in the pavement.

WHO'S RESPONSIBLE? The Georgia Department of Transportation is responsible for improvement and resurfacing this and other exit ramps along I-20.

WHAT'S BEING DONE? "Final plans (for resurfacing the ramp) have been submitted for contracts to be reviewed in October. If contracts are accepted, work could start-up as soon as November or December," said Cissy McNure, a state DOT spokeswoman.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Help us make our area a better place to live by pointing out the things you see that need to be fixed in Richmond, Columbia and Aiken counties.


Give us a call or send us an e-mail if you see a road hazard, a pothole, a broken street sign, a malfunctioning traffic light or other problem. We'll try to address these areas with the responsible parties. If you have a suggestion or nomination, call our Fix It line at (706) 823-3339 or e-mail fixit@augustachronicle.com.

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bigc
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bigc 08/21/07 - 08:12 am
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So the overhead utility lines

So the overhead utility lines and cluttered bill boards and the other signs that clutter Washington Rd gives an even better positive image of Augusta?

Casting_Fool
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Casting_Fool 08/21/07 - 08:18 am
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I sent the following email to

I sent the following email to FixIt on 08-06-07. One week later, the bus stop was completely gone! NOW what do folk do who need to use that stop?!

About two years ago, an accident resulted in the bus stop at Pine Needle and Wrightsboro Road being struck by an out of control automobile. The result left the stop without a roof or side panels. So for two years, the folks who ride the bus from that stop have had to wait in the rain and sun for the bus.

With the recent cutbacks in bus service, coupled with the breakdowns of the buses, folks sometimes have to wait up to two hours in the sun or bad weather to catch the bus. In bad or hot weather, I've seen the elderly and/or ASU students standing under the trees along Pine Needle Road instead of sitting on the bench at the stop. Which leaves the question of where do they stand during a thunderstorm? Or in 100+ degree heat?

I know that style bus stop can cost from $2000.00 to $4000.00, but I would imagine that there are parts left over from the similar style stops that the city has removed that could be used to repair that particular stop.

Continued...

Casting_Fool
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Casting_Fool 08/21/07 - 08:19 am
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Continued... I would hate to

Continued...

I would hate to hear that someone got injured or died because of the exposed bus stop on that corner. It will be especially difficult this week with the 100+ degree heat being predicted by the local weather folk. In this day and age, it could be a lawsuit waiting to happen.

Casting_Fool
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Casting_Fool 08/21/07 - 10:37 am
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When I drove by the

When I drove by the intersection at Pine Needle and Wrightsboro roads this morning, I saw that they appeared to be modifying the sidewalk to accommodate the handicapped. Maybe that will include replacing the old bus stop, too. There's always hope.

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Little Lamb 08/21/07 - 11:39 am
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Hello BigC. Did you notice

Hello BigC. Did you notice that when you get off I-20 at Washington Road and head toward Augusta, there is a sign just before the gas station that says "Savannah River Scenic Highway." What a laugh!

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