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11/09/01 - DOT TO ELIMINATE REVERSIBLE LANES ON U.S. 78

 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Wednesday, November 7, 2001

DOT plans to redirect traffic lanes on U.S. 78
Christopher Quinn - Staff
After 14 years of complaints and confused drivers, the state Department of Transportation plans to do away with 7 1/2 miles of reversible lanes on U.S. 78.

Politicians and police officers from Stone Mountain to Snellville have disliked the lanes for years, saying they are dangerous.

Mayor Brett Harrell of Snellville said, "It's a headache. . . . It's just very stressful to try and drive on 78."

The highway between Snellville and Stone Mountain is six lanes. In the morning, three lanes are open for westbound traffic with the fourth inside lane used as a turn lane. In the afternoon, the pattern is reversed. Green arrows are lighted above the lanes in the open direction.

Cpl. Ray Dunlap of the Gwinnett County police said the reversible flow was confusing to drivers. While patrolling the highway, he sometimes would find people coming toward him the wrong way. "I think it's good they are going to do away with it," he said.

Tommy Crochet, a consultant with Jordan Jones & Goulding Inc., who studied U.S. 78 for the DOT, said the preferred change would be three lanes of traffic going in each direction with a median.

The DOT wants to get feedback from the public about the changes, which could be in place in about a year. A meeting for residents to ask questions or offer ideas will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Shiloh High School, on Shiloh Road off Bethany Church Road in Snellville.


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