GDOT Seeks Public Comment on East Hill Avenue Intersection Safety Improvement and Clay Road Detour

| August 19, 2014

GDOT-LogoVALDOSTA, GA – Georgia Department of Transportation representatives will hold an informal public information open house Thursday on safety improvements at an East Hill Avenue intersection that will require temporarily closing Clay Road.

The open house will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the Lowndes County Civic Center at 2102 E. Hill Ave. in Valdosta. Georgia DOT representatives will be available to discuss the project and proposed detour route and answer questions. There will not be a formal presentation.

The project would improve the intersection of U.S. 84/state Route 38/East Hill Avenue at Clay Road/Hollywood Street through realignment and the addition of a traffic signal and turn lanes. The intersection is about four miles east of the Interstate 75, Exit 16 interchange in Valdosta.

Clay Road and Hollywood Street traffic is currently controlled by stop signs. There is no stop sign or signal on East Hill Avenue at the intersection. The project proposes to realign Clay Road to tie into Hollywood Street, install a traffic signal and add turn lanes on each approach except Hollywood Street. It would also incorporate bicycle lanes along East Hill Avenue in accordance with the South Georgia Regional Development Center Bike and Pedestrian Plan.

Construction will require closing a portion of Clay Road that is located on the CSX rail line so the crossing can be replaced. A detour at the intersection of East Hill Avenue and Clay Road is anticipated to be in effect for six months. The proposed detour is approximately 6.9 miles long. Traffic would be routed to U.S. 41/SR 7/Inner Perimeter Road to New Statenville Highway to give vehicles access to the southernmost end of Clay Road while the rail crossing is undergoing replacement.

Those who attend the open house may give a verbal statement about the project and detour and/or complete a comment card. Anyone unable to attend may submit a written comment by mail or online by Sept. 30. Mailed comments should be sent to:

Mrs. Hiral Patel, P.E.
State Environmental Administrator
Georgia Department of Transportation
600 West Peachtree St. NW – 16th Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30308

To submit comments online, go to www.dot.ga.gov and follow these instructions:

  • Click Information Center on the upper right side of the page;
  • Click Public Outreach in the Press Room block;
  • From the menu, select the county in which the proposed project is located and click Go;
  • Select PI 0008420 Intersection Improvement Detour Meeting;
  • Click Comment and follow the instructions to leave your comments.

All comments will be made part of the project’s official record.

The project displays and plans will be available for review for 10 days after the open house via the online Information Center. Hardcopies will also be available at the Georgia DOT Valdosta area office at 1411 Madison Highway. Following the 10-day public comment period, a copy of all comments received will be available by request at the Atlanta address listed above.

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