MACON, Ga. —
Changes could be coming to the Wesleyan Station Shopping Center on Forsyth Road in north Macon.
Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning approved plans to install a new traffic light at the intersection near the Starbucks Coffee at Monday night’s meeting.
The new project will also include adding pedestrian walkways and a right turn-in and turn-out lanes at the shopping center.
To do this, the plans say some parking spaces in the back of the shopping center will be taken out to add the turning lane on Forsyth Road.
The new additions are about 800 feet from another traffic light at the intersection of Tucker Road and Forsyth Road and are intended to improve the traffic flow in the area and make the area safer for pedestrians and drivers.
The plans say accidents at this intersection increased in 2018.
According to accident data obtained from GEARS, a state online database for right angle accidents, there were seven accidents that occurred during left-in and left-out movements at both entrances of the shopping center last year. In 2017, there were only two.
Though the plan was approved by Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning, it still must be approved by the Georgia Department of Transportation.
GDOT spokesperson Penny Brooks said the Kroger on Forsyth Road recently applied for an encroachment permit which will allow them to put signals at their entrances on Forsyth Road, also known as State Route 19.