by: Richard Elliot Updated:
HALL COUNTY, Ga. - The Georgia Department of Transportation admits traffic lights installed at a dangerous Hall County intersection don't appear to have made the intersection much safer.
Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan said the intersection, which has the first traffic light after Interstate 985 becomes State Highway 365, has been dangerous for years, even before the state installed those traffic lights eight months ago.
"The lights went up at the end of November last year," said Dunagan. "Since then, we've had 21 accidents, and that's not including the accident from last week."
Dunagan, along with Hall County law enforcement and elected officials, met with GDOT officials Monday to express their concerns. The DOT conceded there is a problem.
"We put a signal in there last year, and we thought that would solve some of
McKinnon and Dunagan said they are looking at alternate solutions to the
"We don't want to make any hasty decisions and throw something out there, because a lot of the time, if you make a quick decision and put something out there, you can make a problem worse than it already is," said McKinnon.
Dunagan said the GDOT meeting went well, and he's hopeful changes will be made to make 365 at Howard Road safer for everyone. He also stressed that drivers must be more careful at the intersection and pay attention to the numerous warning signs posted well before the intersection.