Special to the Journal
QUITMAN, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Transportation recently approved a contract that is expected to enhance safety on nine Brooks County roads through the installation of striping and signs.
The $166,145 project is funded through a GDOT program to improve safety on roads that are not in the state or federal highway systems. The goal is to help prevent fatalities on rural, high-speed roads. The project may include, but is not limited to, yellow and white striping, raised pavement markers, stop bars and reflective signs.
“This program is vital. It’s something we really depend on to make these improvements on our roads,” Brooks County Administrator Justin DeVane said. “We have absolutely no room in our budget to do anything like this.”
Roads and the distances targeted in the project are:
Jackson Road – 8.2 miles
Nankin Road – 4.76 miles
Empress Road – 8.8 miles
Hickory Road – 2.11 miles
Hickory Head Road – 3.55 miles
Knights Ferry Road – 2.46 miles
Devane Road – 2.12 miles
Patrick Road – 2.11 miles
Tallokas Road – 4.40 miles
“I can pretty much tell you that every one of those roads is in desperate need of reflective road striping,” DeVane said.
Rural counties have more state and county two-way roads, which have historically been the highest risk roads in Georgia, GDOT said. The striping can be worn and difficult to see, increasing the risk for a crash when visibility may be an issue. The improvements to the Brooks County roads are expected to help eliminate or reduce the severity of hazardous locations’ accidents and address various local road crashes. A study of similar work done in Athens/Clarke County showed an overall reduction in crashes of 43%.