Ever since Thomson High School opened its doors in January 1992 on White Oak Road, traffic has been a problem. At times, traffic is snarled so badly at the intersection of White Oak and Harrison roads that cars and trucks barely can creep along.
Obviously, traffic is the worst at the four-way stop sign intersection when school is taking in during the morning or letting out for the day. And of late, much concern has been expressed about traffic woes in the area when the new junior high school opens its doors next fall.
Officials hope a planned traffic signal will help alleviate some of the congestion.
"A new traffic signal will be installed there between now and the start of the next school year," according to DOT Area Engineer Corbett Reynolds, whose office is based in Louisville. "It's something that has been needed there for a long, long time."
The new traffic signal is part of a two-phase, multi-million dollar construction project, which was awarded to Reeves Construction Company of Macon, Mr. Reynolds told The McDuffie Mirror on Tuesday. Reeves Construction Company was awarded the low-bid contract on Nov. 30 for two different projects from the DOT in the amount of $46,867,778.10.
The other part of the project includes a new by-pass in McDuffie County, which isn't planned for completion until June 30, 2010.