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For Immediate Release
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Contact: Jill Nagel 912.424.6643
District Five Communications

Effingham County…
Changes Coming to State Route 17 and Blue Jay Road Intersection

GUYTON – In order to reduce crashes and improve operations at the intersection of State Route (SR) 17 and Blue Jay Road, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) will implement some major changes at this intersection over the next few weeks that will ultimately result in the installation of a roundabout.
The first major change will be to convert the current two-way stop to an all-way stop.  This conversion is planned to begin on Monday, July 9, if weather permits.  The work on SR17 will include the installation of rumble strips, stop signage and painted stop bars.  The work on Blue Jay Road will include the installation of “All Way” plates on the bottom of the existing stop signs.
Leading up to the conversion, the GDOT will install message boards on Monday, July 2 to notify the public of the upcoming change to an all-way stop. These boards will remain in place for several days after the switch, as motorists adjust to the new operation.
The all-way stop is an interim measure intended to reduce crash severity.
In addition, Georgia Power crews are scheduled to begin the installation of intersection lighting on Wednesday, June 27.  The intersection lighting was made possible through a joint effort of Effingham County and GDOT.
GDOT asks all citizens traveling this area to be alert to changing operational conditions.
Roadway work zones are hazardous for workers and for the public. In fact, most fatalities in work zone crashes are drivers or passengers. Obey the rules in work zones – Pay Attention – Slow Down – Watch for Workers.  And always, expect the unexpected. It can make the difference between life and death. Remember – work zone safety is in your hands. Visit
For questions, contact Jill Nagel.
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