Deadly Bend (March 3, 2012)
The county is looking at moving the intersection of Klondike Road and McDaniel Mill Road south of where it exists now and possibly building a traffic roundabout at that new intersection.
Currently, the intersection is a five-way intersection with Klondike Road, McDaniel Mill, and Hurst Road. A fire station and a church also sit at the existing intersection.
The fire station's exit would not be changed with the new intersection but the roundabout width would be created to accomodate a fire apparatus.
County Transportation Director Miguel Valentin said the county has not determined the exact location but is required by law to have a design study in place before proposing the change to neighboring residents. It would still likely be years before the project reaches the construction phase.
The Board of Commissioners will vote on a contract for a design study for the proposed intersection change at their next meeting, Aug. 13.
A little farther down the road, a funding request for guard rails and other improvements to McDaniel Mill Road near Adair Circle is still being processed at the Georgia Department of Transportation but the county is due to receive word on it soon, said Valentine.
The area has seen multiple instances of speeding cars losing control and crashing into nearby houses and yards. The last instance was a fatal crash in February 2012 that killed the passenger, a 26-year-old Covington man.