Barrow County’s long-time transportation engineer has pledged to do everything he can to fix a dangerous situation that nearly stopped in its tracks the growing momentum for a new bypass to fix downtown Winder’s truck traffic problem.
At the March 9 meeting of the Barrow County Board of Commissioners, Chairman Danny Yearwood had to break a tie vote to spend about $44,500 for a “value engineering” study that federal and state transportation agencies require before the West Winder Bypass project could move forward.
Commissioners Isaiah Berry, Billy Parks and Ben Hendrix voted against the expenditure, complaining for the most part about spending money on a multi-million-dollar potential project instead of fixing existing roads that are either unsafe or in bad shape.
Berry was passionate about one traffic safety problem in particular: the lack of a left turn lane on Hwy. 211 at the Barrow Park Drive entrance to the county’s new criminal justice center.
Officials say a left turn lane is needed at the intersection of Hwy. 211 and Barrow Park Drive to make the turn safer for employees and citizens enroute to the courthouse.
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