The new arrows painted on the eastbound lanes of Ledo Road allow for a left turn from both lanes onto Slappey Boulevard headed north into Lee County’s Walnut Street. Drivers in the right lane can now also make a left onto Slappey Boulevard, but must stay in the right lane of Slappey Boulevard when they turn.
LEESBURG, Ga. -- Drivers wanting to turn left at the east end of Ledo Road where it intersects with Slappey Boulevard now have two lanes to accommodate them, a Georgia Department of Transportation spokesman says.
"The arrows on the pavement now allow drivers to make a left turn from the left-turn lane and drivers in the right lane can go left, straight or right," said Craig Solomon, of the DOT.
Officials at the Lee County Sheriff's Office said they want people to use the lanes safely when turns are made. The idea is to pay attention and stay in your lane, said sheriff's Capt. Jeffery Kirt.
"This is all part of Sheriff Rachals' traffic safety program. There have been a lot of complaints. Maintain your lane," Capt. Keith Houston added. "Follow the lines making your turn. We would rather have everyone safe and not have to write tickets."
Kirt said that to avoid a ticket that states "Failure to maintain lane," drivers in the left lane making a left to go north on Slappey Boulevard as it turns into Walnut Street need to follow the traffic lines and stay in the left lane that heads north.
A driver making a left turn from the Ledo Road right lane must pay attention and stay in the right lane of Slappey Boulevard/Walnut Street, Kirt added.
When a driver in the Ledo Road left lane makes a left onto Slappey Boulevard it is unlawful to move into the right lane of Slappey Boulevard. The white painted traffic lines must be followed.
Drivers must pay attention at all times, but the lunch and after-work rush hours are the worst at the intersection, the lawmen agreed.
The DOT is working with Lee County to put signs up, possibly on the side right of way, to help clarify the route for drivers, Solomon said. Until then, responsible drivers should pay attention to the traffic arrows and lines on the street that lead them into the correct lanes, he said.
It is a good bet that deputies soon will be paying a lot of attention to drivers in the intersection not maintaining their lanes.