Officials with the Georgia Department of Transportation joined Douglas County Commission Chairman Tom Worthan and Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons last week to announce the Highway Emergency Response Operators, or H.E.R.O. units, have expanded their coverage into Douglas County and begun operations.
The new route for the H.E.R.O. units will consist of the section of I-20 which stretches from Thornton Road at exit 44 to Ga. Hwy. 5 at exit 34.
This additional area will add to the 310 highway miles which are already being patrolled by the H.E.R.O. units.
Commissioner Kelly Robinson called the H.E.R.O unit program moving into the county a “very positive move, not only for the residents of Douglas County but all on the west side of Atlanta.”
“Because of the concentration of traffic on the west side, this is a much needed courtesy service provided the residents of this entire area,” Robinson said.
According to Persons, Douglas County and Douglasville have many city and county residents and business owners who use the I-20 corridor daily, which has made the highway one of the most heavily traveled. It also is a major route for commuters to jobs in other parts of metro Atlanta.
“This joint partnership with the state funded H.E.R.O. units will provide an additional resource to our public safely measures here in our great community,” Persons said.
Persons said the additional resource will also add to the area’s public safety measures.
The H.E.R.O unit program is part of a comprehensive effort to keep traffic moving, said Michael Robinson, incident management unit director with the GDOT.
For more information, including a map of the H.E.R.O. unit routes, patrol times and other questions, visit www.511ga.org.