The Georgia Department of Transportation may want to start looking for the brake pedal.
We're not calling for them to totally stop their plans for widening Washington Road -- we actually called for such a project on this page last year. But we are saying transportation planners need to take a longer and harder look at the implications of adding a median to the road.
Driver safety is important -- and should be at the top of the priority list in planning such projects. However, the potential impact of the concrete structure on surrounding businesses must be considered also.
The good news is the median plans are at least six years away, plenty of time for officials to work out a solution.
And for his part, McDuffie County Commission Chairman Charlie Newton is saying the right things -- promising to watch over the interests of local businesses and balance those interests with driver safety.
That may be a tall order when dealing with DOT planners, but at least he's giving it a shot.