• Traffic change begins outside 2 Bartow County schools

    By: Steve Gehlbach

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    BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. - The work to transform an intersection at Hamilton Crossing Elementary was supposed to be finished by Back 2 School today.

    But still a lot of work to do.

    Another roundabout outside another Bartow Elementary and High School is also not finished, but it’s open to traffic this morning.

    Bartow County school officials have been talking about changing the roads around this elementary school in the middle of Hamilton Crossing park for years.

    The county finally came through and started this summer to create a roundabout to ease congestion and make it safer.

    Traffic, especially after school, would get backed trying to turn left.

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    “Once you get it, it’s great. Really helps to alleviate some of the traffic congestion issues, so sure that’s what they’re trying to do here at the school,” said driver Debbie Gaines.

    Work also continues at a new circular intersection on Cass White Road, leading to White elementary and Cass High School.

    But it is now open for drivers this first day back, even if they have to finish the final paving and landscaping over the next few weeks.

    County planners said the old T-intersection made for dangerous left hand-hand turns near the schools. They’re hoping parents and teen drivers will catch on to the new configuration quickly.

    “Didn’t take long to figure it out. I like it,” said one driver. 


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    The high school is even bringing in a traffic engineer today to talk to students there about how to navigate a roundabout.

    Work on this one should last another eight to 10 weeks.

    Until then, the school’s made alternative plans to move the buses and carpool around the construction.

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