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DOT work tackles dangerous curve

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CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

The Georgia Department of Transportation has started work on more than a half-mile stretch of Hwy 204.

Crews are working on Fort Argyle Road to Old River Road at Joyners Corner. Residents in the area and agree something had to be done, but they don't all agree on what's being done.

Joyner's Corner around lunchtime doesn't have a lot of traffic, but those who live around there said it can be dangerous. In the past year alone, WTOC has covered at least four wrecks near the curve - one of them resulted in a fatality.

Kevin Doyle moved out of the city to avoid the traffic but has to deal with the infamous curve.

"This widening or straightening whatever they're doing is a God send - people coming flying around the corner - you can't see them," Doyle said.

Leonard Kramer does not like how the DOT is going about doing the work.  

"If they say like they're going to do. It's going to lower my property value," he said.

Kramer said his understanding was they were going to put a cul-de-sac in. "Everybody's going come down here, make a right turn, stay on John Carter Road and when you're coming back to Pembroke, you'll be making a left turn in front of traffic," he pointed out.  

Most people agree that the clearing of the trees is the best part of the project because they used to butt up right against the roadway. Now you can see clear off into the distance around the curve. That's where they say the danger lies because it was just a blind curve.

"You can see cars coming five to 10 sooner than you normally would," Doyle said.

Kramer said that now the view is clear, they should keep the project simple. He said they should put in a third lane around the curve and straighten out the curve a little bit.

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