2018-03-14 / Front Page

Bypass intersection plan

Mayor Anthony Howard received a letter Feb. 6 from District DOT Engineer Randy Rathburn along with planned upgrades at the U.S. 27/SR62 bypass intersection.

The plans provide for upgrading “existing signal equipment” by installating solar powered flashing beacons on the existing stop signs for the east and west approaches at the intersection.

Rathburn’s letter noted the solar powered flashing beacons were recommended as part of a “recent TE study performed for this intersection.”

The Blakely City Council sent a letter to the DOT early last year urging the DOT to consider safety improvements at the intersection.

The request was initiated as a result of the Nov. 16, 2016, fatal accident in which Jill Pope of Tallahassee was killed and Jason and Jessica Tedder of Blakely were seriously injured.

The city received a letter from DOT in April stating their concerns had been reviewed.

Councilman Jamey Crozier noted at the time he had recently received calls from multiple DOT engineers, including Chief Engineer Chad Harley, who assured “everything within his power will be done to make this intersection safe again.”

The DOT upgraded the safety of the intersection, referred to by some as the “Huddle House” intersection, with flashing lights and additional signage following a February 2007 wreck which claimed the lives of Bill Foster and Jay DeMott when an 18-wheeler barreled through the intersection.

(Publisher’s note: As of Tuesday, the flashing lights had not been installed. Also, neither Rathburn’s letter nor the plan note the east bound stop sign the flasher is to be installed on is visibly impaired by other signs.)

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