Georgia Department of Transportation workers began the project Monday quickly putting up the added signage on 411 stopping traffic heading in either direction.
"This procedure is intended to enhance safety at that intersection," said Mohamed Arafa, GDOT communications specialist. "We're seeing that the accident rate was higher than the average accident rate statewide. ... We've been looking at how to enhance safety at that intersection for the last two or three years with the increasing number of accidents."
Peripheral additions to the intersection will continue into next week including raised pavement markers in turning lanes warning travelers on Ga. Highway 140 to slow down. Many accidents occur in the yield lanes turning off of 140 onto U.S. Highway 411 as was evidenced last week when a truck carrying logs lost its load. Arafa noted that this recent accident was not a major factor in their decision, engineers had been studying accidents at this location for some time.
"After every accident, everywhere we do something called a traffic study looking at the topography of the intersection, the type of traffic, the speed limit, the pattern of traffic and see what we can do to improve safety at that location," Arafa said. "The speed limit is still 55 but the four-way stop will warn the traveling public coming from 140."