COLQUITT — Seven Miller County roads and will made safer through the installation of striping and signs, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.
The $127,291 project is funded through a GDOT program to improve safety on roads that are not in the state or federal highway systems. The goal is to help prevent fatalities on rural, high-speed roads. The project includes, but is not limited to, yellow and white striping, raised pavement markets, stop bars and highly reflective signs.
Roads and the various distances targeted in the project are:
_ Bush Dairy Road, 2.17 miles.
_ Grimsley Road, 3.2 miles.
_ Helms Road, 3.2 miles.
_ Lane Road, 1.06 miles.
_ Three Notch Road, 11.1 miles
_ Whites Bridge Road from State Route 45 to U.S. 27, 7 miles.
_ Whites Bridge Road from U.S. 27 to Avenue Road, 2.54 miles.
_ Griggs Lucille Road, 10.78 miles.
The improvements would not have been possible without GDOT’s help, said Allen Worsley, vice chairman of the Miller County Board of Commissioners.
“We couldn’t afford it,” said Worsley.
Worn striping on some of the Miller County roads makes it difficult to see at night, Worsley said. Drivers usually move to the far right of their respective lanes just to be safe when meeting oncoming traffic, he said.
Rural counties have more state and county two-ways roads, which have historically been the highest risk roads in Georgia, according to Nita Birmingham, spokesperson for GDOT at the district office in Tifton. A study of similar work done in Athens and Clarke County showed an overall reduction in crashes of 43 percent, the GDOT reported.