According to the Georgia Department of Transportation’s fact sheet supplied by Douglas County Transportation Director Randy Hulsey’s office, the Ga. Hwy. 5 project is designed to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow from Rose Avenue and Bright Star Connector to Central Church Road.
“One of the things we are looking to do with this project is redesign the intersection of Bill Arp Road at West Stewart Mill Road to reduce the high volume of U-turns at that location,” Hulsey said.
The plan calls for a restrictive left turn only lane to be developed which would help ease traffic congestion entering the commercial area of West Stewart Mill and Bill Arp roads.
“We expect the construction phase to take from 18 months to two years to complete,” Hulsey said.
In addition, other work which would be part of the Bill Arp Road project would be planned improvements at the road’s I-20 interchange.
Hulsey said GDOT wants to improve the capacity of the left turn lane as motorists turn from Highway 5 to either I-20 east or westbound. The project also calls for improvements to the westbound off ramp from I-20.
Motorists in the area said any change would be welcome on the Bill Arp Road.
“I travel this corridor at least three times a week at differing times and sometime the traffic is worse than at other times, like any other area” said Daniel Mays, who lives in unincorporated Douglas County.
“Any plan to reduce the congestion here on Bill Arp Road would be welcome,” he said.
Doris Whitmore, who asked that her Douglas County residency not be used, agreed, saying traffic throughout the county has gotten heavier.