Road Work Slows Traffic

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

Area roadwork is having some of you taking a different route to work, adding time and frustration to your commute.

It’s estimated around 5000 to 6000 cars go though the Murphy Mill/ Brannon Stand intersection, daily.

Among the drivers is Melissa Knight, who is a teacher at Providence Christian School.

Knight, as well as all other motorists, are now forced to find a different way to work.

The Houston County Road and Bridge Department is replacing two cross-drain pipes at the intersection of Murphy Mill and North Brannon Stand roads.

"We'll have to get up earlier to get here, but it will make the traffic flow smoother and it will also provide more safety for families coming in here and make our car lines a little more effective in the afternoons," says Knight.

However, that is just the beginning of a project designed to ease traffic congestion.

Even though workers are replacing the drains beneath the roads, giving the appearance of correcting road problems, that's not the case.

The main reason for this road work is really because of you.

"The traffic is driving the issue. It's been a project we've worked on for a year now. It's time to do it now," says Chairman Mark Culver.

Eventually, city engineers say they will replace the four-way stop sign at the intersection with a traffic light and add turn lanes, much like its neighboring intersection at Johndodom. But that work is still a couple months away.

Meanwhile, you are asked to drive safely and slow down through that intersection.

Construction on this phase of the project is expected to be completed by the end of the week.

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