Rick Marty said: makes me wonder what kind of nightmare that intersection was before the round-a-bout came into being(https://www.largescalecentral.com/externals/tinymce/plugins/emoticons/img/smiley-foot-in-mouth.gif)
Ask and ye shall receive …
Pictured is the original intersection design. Many drivers would take illegal U-turns, creating enforcement and safety issues. (Photo provided by Larry Morris and Josh Woodard with GDOT)
Todd Price, GDOT district preconstruction engineer, reported that requests for a change to the intersection began in the summer of 2017. An earlier project that opened to traffic in July 2014 reconstructed this location to give drivers a “right out only” scenario to access GA 242 coming from Hospital Road or Waco Mill Road. In addition, left turns from GA 242 were restricted, which made traffic loop around to connector roads to the east at Ridge Road or to the west near East Church Street.
According to Collins, motorists were not following the traffic rules and some of the maneuvers were unsafe.
Ben Tarbutton III, president of the Sandersville Railroad, was wary of the roundabout concept at first.
“When then District Engineer Jimmy Smith mentioned to me the roundabout concept, I went to the intersection and viewed the traffic flow,” Tarbutton said. “The public was using parts of the configuration as a roundabout already. I told [Smith] that if GDOT was able to configure a roundabout that did not increase our grade crossing surface width that we would go for it, and they took it from there.”