GDOT plans roundabout to reduce speed, increase safety at busy Macon intersection

The proposed roundabout project / Eric Mock (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) proposed the construction of a roundabout at a busy Macon intersection Tuesday morning.

GDOT representative Tyler Peek said the intersection of Houston Rd., Broadway, Pio Nono Ave. and Houston Ave. is not pedestrian-friendly in its current state. There are no crosswalks and sidewalks.

Peek also pointed out the high number of car accidents in the area.

Each day, about 36,000 cars travel on Pio Nono Ave. alone.

GDOT wants to build a roundabout to reduce speed, calm traffic and create a safer environment for pedestrians.

The Macon-Bibb Facilities and Engineering Committee unanimously supported GDOT's plan, but some members asked if the roundabout would back up traffic in the area.

Peek explained that the average time a driver waits at a stoplight is about 60 to 120 seconds. The average wait time at a roundabout is less.

While he conceded that construction will interrupt traffic for a bit, GDOT will handle the the project in stages to keep vehicles moving and make the transition as painless as possible.

The proposal will go before the full commission next week. If commissioners like the plan, they'll send a letter of support to GDOT.

GDOT plans to come together next summer for a concept meeting where they will work out the specific details of the project.

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