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Prepare to rumble: Several local highways to be outfitted with rumble strips

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You may have seen them, or felt them, in several nearby counties. To date, however, no center-line rumble strips have been installed in Milledgeville-Baldwin County.

That’s all set to change, however, as the Department of Transportation is preparing to implement rumble strips along parts of several local highways. Slated to receive rumble strips on both the center line and the median are the Gordon Highway and the two-lane stretch of the Sandersville Highway (Ga. 24 in between the Fall Line Freeway and Ga. 22 West). Meanwhile, the top and bottom ends of US 441 through Baldwin County are slated to receive center-line rumble strips.

Essentially, rumble strips are deep indentations in the asphalt that “rumble” once a motorist drives over one with his/her tires.

“(Rumble strips) are relatively new to Georgia and are focused on rural areas,” said DOT Communications Specialist Kyle Collins. “Typically, you see the skip rumbles outside the painted edge lines. These (new rumble strips will) track along the center line and edge line paint.”

According to the DOT, “rumble strips are being installed on many routes all across the state. In 2019, there were well over 500 fatalities that were the result of vehicles leaving the roadway, representing approximately one-third of all statewide roadway fatalities.”