No matter where you commute to Atlanta from, it seems as though each interstate has its own construction projects jamming up traffic. Although the new express lanes have hopes to unclog congestion at rush hour, the ongoing construction to put this system into place can be readily seen. Combine this with Atlanta’s normally congested rush hour commutes and there hardly seems to be a day go by without an accident that shuts down at least one of the interstates for a few hours.
Fox 5 Atlanta reports that construction zone accidents along Georgia’s interstates are starting to raise some concerns.
An I-team investigation has been looking into a 13-mile stretch of I-20 in Carroll County. Records indicate that this span of roadway has seen a dramatic increase in accidents that have led to injuries and deaths.
The DOT says that an increase in population is responsible for the increase in accidents. Local authorities, however, are concerned.
Since construction began along this stretch of I-20 back in 2016 until now, there have been more than 1,000 accidents. These accidents have led to 240 injuries, 64 serious injuries, and 13 people dead. 224 of the accidents have involved tractor trailers.
The area of the interstate which is being resurfaced is a tight corridor. There are often shoulders of only 2 feet. Not to mention a confusing split in the roadway that suddenly puts westbound traffic directly next to eastbound traffic.
It should be noted, however, that there has only been one fatality since September 2017. The Department of Transportation said that they have asked that the two-foot shoulders be built to help keep cars from driving off of the road.
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