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Douglasville, GA - Drivers traveling through the intersection of Fairburn Road/Highway 92 and Mt. Vernon Road in Lithia Springs should notice a new fully operational traffic signal installed, said officials with the Georgia Department of Transportation and Douglas County Department of Transportation. With increased traffic facing Douglas County roads, motorists and Douglas County Commissioners believed Fairburn Rd./Highway 92 and Mt. Vernon Rd. became an increasingly dangerous intersection.
"I'm thankful to Sheriff Pounds for providing deputies at that intersection to direct traffic until the state was able to install a traffic signal," Douglas County Commission Chair Dr. Romona Jackson Jones said. "Once I received a citizens complaint of the intersection, Sheriff Pounds immediately granted me a meeting and we were able to come up with a temporary solution to protect the safety of our citizens and any guests passing through."
In March of 2019, the Douglas County Board of Commission Chair Dr. Romona Jackson Jones met with Douglas County Sheriff Tim Pounds to address complaints of a severe traffic backup with concerns of school buses during peak hours. As a result of the meeting, Sheriff Pounds assigned two deputies to the intersection to direct traffic to alleviate bottlenecks. Douglas County Deputies continued to direct traffic during peak hours until a decision was made for a traffic signal by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT).
Once GDOT approved, work for the project began. "Douglas County's Transportation Department participated in the project by providing GDOT with field traffic counts and preparing the intersection traffic analysis report," Transportation Director Miguel Valentin said. "The county did not have to expend any funds towards completion of the project."
According to Transportation Committee Chair and District 2 Commissioner Kelly G. Robinson, installation of a traffic signal was essential for operational improvement because of safety. "Citizens pushed for having this traffic signal installed," Robinson said. "With schools nearby, and as an advocate for my district I made sure funding was a priority to support the project."
Chairman Jones expressed being pleased with County Administrator Mark Teal's collaborative efforts with the State on completion of the project after she urged how much of a priority completing this project was because of the dangers shared by concerned citizens.
Business owner Daniel Otu, who owns a daycare center very near the intersection of Fairburn Rd./Highway 92 and Mt. Vernon Road, was so elated at the traffic signal installation, he wrote a thank you letter to Douglas County Government. "We have had parents complaining about not being able to turn or come from Mt. Vernon without all the traffic on Highway 92 and the accidents we have seen for the past three years," Otu said. "But since yesterday all our parents said they are pleased and on behalf of Klever Kidz Academy we want to say thank you! Thank you!"
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