As Country Crossing Grows, So Do Traffic Safety Concerns

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

As Country Crossing continues to grow, area officials say traffic along Highway 231 south is becoming increasingly dangerous.

Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver says he plans on sending a letter to the State Department of Transportation.

He wants them to take a closer look at traffic flow around the complex.

With thousands of vehicles coming in and out each day, officials say safety is their number one concern.

Officials with Country Crossing say on an average day 4,000 to 5,000 vehicles visit their establishment.

The only way in and out of the complex is off of Highway 231.

“There's a lot of traffic on the road and it's a major highway so people are driving fairly fast,” said Doug Rainer with Ronnie Gilley Properties.

“We're concerned about safety and we want to make sure everyone traveling the road is safe,” said Culver.

Culver says motorists traveling along 231 may need a “heads-up" so they can prepare for an increase in traffic.

“We just want to send a letter to D.O.T. asking them to review the situation and if appropriate, put in some more advanced warning and traffic ahead type signs,”

“We're hoping that the D.O.T. and the state will come together with us and put some signage that shows that country crossing is ahead,” added Rainer.

“We've had a couple of accidents and we've had some calls from people that were near accidents if you will and are concerned about the situation,” said Culver.

Officials say they've conducted numerous studies on the traffic flow.

“The studies show that what is going on out there is very normal for that area,” commented Rainer.

Officials believe as the project continues to grow, so does the need for a traffic light.

“Right now we are OK without a light there, but as we continue to build, we will definitely need more traffic safety precautions and a traffic light is part of that plan,”

But for now, officials with the complex say as long as you use common sense, you'll be just fine.

“I turn in there quite often and can see that if you just pay attention and slow down and stop for a minute there won't be any trouble. It's just a matter of paying attention and being away of what's around you,” said Rainer.

Chairman Culver says he hopes the commission will vote Monday to authorize his letter to the department of transportation.

As far as cost for that signage, Culver says the developers would probably pay for most of it, although WTVY could not confirm that.

In order to have a traffic light installed, it would first have to be approved at the state level.


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