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Colquitt Co: traffic shifting for roundabout construction

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MOULTRIE – Expect a new traffic pattern this week at State Route (SR) 37 and Cool Springs Road/Industrial Drive in Colquitt County as roundabout construction continues.

Contractor Reames and Son Construction Co. Inc. plans to shift traffic Wednesday, Oct. 28. Signs are posted. Right now the intersection still looks like an intersection because there isn’t any concrete in the center for a roundabout. The contractor has been installing curb.

Georgia Department of Transportation proposed a single lane roundabout to replace the four-way stop to reduce the number and severity of crashes. Plans were presented to the public in 2017. At that time data showed 16 crashes occurred at the intersection from September 2009 to July 2014, resulting in five injuries and zero fatalities. Fewer crashes occur in roundabouts because there are fewer points of conflict among drivers compared to a traditional intersection. Roundabouts also force drivers to slow down so if crashes occur they are less severe.

Construction of the $2.4 million project began in April of this year and is scheduled to be complete next spring.