GORDON, Ga. — Baldwin County says drivers are barreling through an intersection near where children play, and they're taking action to slow them down. They plan to a put a four-way stop at the corner of Coopers Road SW and Gordon Highway.
Richard Davis works at Pierce Package Store at the corner of the intersection, and said he sees people flying through the intersection recklessly every day.
"There's a lot of traffic that comes through here way too fast," Davis said. "Trucks come running through here running 70, 80, and cars, motorcycles, so they need to slow them down."
Baldwin County manager Carlos Tobar said there have been 13 accidents near the intersection since 2014. Davis said people walk across the street from Cooper's Park and sometimes have to dodge cars.
"A lot of them come in and get drinks and water, walking across the road all the time, on the weekends. It's busy," he said.
Tobar said the county received a lot of calls and complaints about the dangerous speeds. They'll be installing the four-way stop on August 21. Children in the area are especially a concern.
"The kids are playing football. They ride their bikes here, they walk here. You've got moms with children that either walk or drive here, so we want to make sure that they're protected," Tobar said.
Previously, the county installed speed radars that show drivers how fast they're going, but Tobar said people still tend to ignore them.
"That has to stop. The speeding has to stop and we want to make sure that people coming to and from this park are safe," Tobar said.
Tobar said the county will be installing rumble strips, the additional stop signs, and "stop sign ahead" signs at or near the intersection. The additional signage will cost about $14,000.