Fatal Wreck Sparks Concern Over Eisenhower Intersection

6:57 PM, Mar 22, 2013   |    comments
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Bibb County Commissioner Joe Allen says he's been trying to warn other officials about the intersection of Eisenhower Parkway and Fulton Mill Road for a while.

"I told them at our last meeting, someone is going to lose their life at this intersection," Allen said.

Unfortunately, that prediction came true Thursday night after 61-year old Patsy Nicholas was killed at the intersection while trying to merge into the path of an oncoming car. The collision spun the other car off the road, and Nicholas' car was hit by a truck pulling a trailer.

Allen says the combination of four-way high-speed traffic with just a small median and two stop signs isn't enough . He says the road is too dangerous and needs to have a traffic light put in.

"You've got traffic going both ways," Allen says. "They're in a kill zone. That's exactly what they're in."

Statistics from Bibb County traffic engineers show there were 52 accidents at the intersection since January 2010, indicating a high amount relative to other intersections.

Allen says since it's a state road, Bibb County cannot install traffic lights without permission from the Georgia Department of Transportation.  Their office in Thomaston told 13WMAZ there are currently no plans in works, and they would have hear the concerns from the county.

Bibb County Commissioner Sam Hart says he agrees with Allen that something should be done, and plans on putting it on the agenda at next Tuesday's meeting.  They will look at possible solutions, which could also include putting in a roundabout instead.

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