DAHLONEGA- In Lumpkin County a $4.7 million contract was awarded for construction of a modern roundabout to replace the existing Y-intersection at SR 9 and SR 60. The project, designed to enhance safety and improve traffic flow, will also accommodate trucks.
The roundabout will be built around the Trahlyta’s Grave Stonepile. A barrier fence will ensure that the historically significant site is not disturbed during construction. The existing Trahlyta’s Grave Historical Marker will be stored during construction.
State Senator Steve Gooch is a sixth generation native of Lumpkin County who grew up about two miles from Stone Pile Gap. “In fact, I remember stories from my grandmother whose parents owned and operated a general store at that location in the early 1900s,” Gooch said. “Throughout my childhood and now my adult life, I have seen and heard of numerous traffic accidents due to the confusion and unusual design of the two roads at the Highway 60 and Highway 19 merger. I believe these much needed improvements will have a significant impact and will reduce accidents and save lives.”
With nearly one-third of fatal crashes in Georgia occurring at intersections and almost half of those a result of angle collisions, roundabouts provide fewer conflict points and result in fewer collisions than traditional intersections.
The contractor is C.W. Matthews Contracting Co., Inc. and the anticipated completion date is Oct. 31, 2019.
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