Officials meet with DOT commissioner about bypass intersections
After three deaths in five days on the newly opened bypass, the Department of Transportation started listening to state and local officials who warned these accidents would happen.
DOT Commissioner Russell McMurry met with State Reps. Susan Holmes, Bubber Epps and Jones County Sheriff Butch Reece Friday and discussed a number of possible solutions.
After the latest fatal accident Feb. 13, Reece put out barrels with stop signs to make a four-way stop at the intersection of the bypass and Eatonton Highway, which is U.S. Highway 129.
Later that afternoon, Holmes announced the DOT would be making the intersection officially a four-way stop. Barrels and signs were installed to warn drivers of the change.
In a phone interview Friday, Holmes characterized the meeting with DOT officials as great.
“They were very concerned and realize we have a huge problem,” she said. “They want to get right on it.”