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City converts intersections to four-way stops at TES

A recent wreck near Thomson Elementary brought it all home for Principal Beth Newton.


City workers paint the street at the intersection of Ware and Guill Streets Tuesday.

She made a plea before the Thomson City Council Thursday night to have four-way stop signs installed where Guill and Fluker Streets cross Ware Street. And by Tuesday, the signs were in place at both intersections.

She said the request had been made before because of frequent accidents, but the newest one on March 30 involving Augusta State University lab students at the school had sparked the discussion again.

"One of my biggest concerns is not only for the 600 students but also for the 80 or so faculty and staff," Dr. Newton told the council.

Thomson Mayor Bob Knox said much of the problem stems from motorists using Ware Street as a "cut through."

"There's no question that this has been a problem area for many years," Mayor Knox said.

Dr. Newton said she would like to reroute traffic into the school entrance so as to keep the streets clear as school lets in and out. In a letter to the council she asked for permission to block off Fluker Street during those times "to prevent traffic from coming behind the building except in one direction before and after school."

Web posted on Thursday, April 20, 2006

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