Road plans lead to more confusion
June 01, 2013 10:48 PM | 717 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print

I’m a bit confused about the Georgia Department of Transportation public meetings on improvements to State Route 20 between 575 and GA 400.

Apparently GDOT believes we have a congestion problem and they plan more environmental studies. They say there are “no plans for the project, only the desire to improve traffic congestion and safety on the road.”

Really? So what are all these orange barrels, new pavement, intersection changes and additional signage on SR 20 if it wasn’t to improve safety and congestion?

Everyone who lives or drives along SR 20 from 575 to SR 369 can testify this area has been a construction mess for a few years now. Why spend more money for more studies while all those orange barrels are still in place?

Something even more interesting is some of the SR 20 road signage that has become uncovered. You may notice several signs are covered with black plastic, however a few sign have lost the cover and can be read.

One very interesting informational sign says “Bike Lanes.” I did an extensive search online and curiously I could find next to nothing about bike lanes on SR 20.

I did find several websites on bicyclist road rights where they talked about the new minimum clearance law and how they could legally take up the whole traffic lane.

Looking at the millions GDOT has spent and how much more they want to spend I find myself taking a position I thought I would never take, the need for new taxes.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but if the GDOT is going to expend funds making bicycles lanes and give bicycles the same road rights as motor vehicles, then bicycles should be tagged, pay road tax and be subject to all traffic laws like any other motor vehicle including mandatory liability insurance. If we are going to build bicycle lanes then bicycle taxes should pay to build them.

Raleigh Morgan


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