Bulloch County roundabout to begin construction any day

BULLOCH CO., GA (WTOC) - A busy Bulloch County intersection will soon get a new look.

The county hopes to make it faster and safer compared to what drivers have now.

The orange flags and barrier tarps show where construction for a new roundabout will start any day. However, the planning for this started nearly a decade ago.

Cars stream along Rushing and Burkhalter roads and meet at Five Points. The stops signs will soon be replaced by the roundabout where cars all go one direction before they turn.

County Commission Chairman Roy Thompson says the county asked the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) eight years ago for a light.

"They declared that a roundabout is much safer than a traffic light," Thompson explained.

They contend it will cut accidents by nearly 40 percent. That will be welcomed news to neighbors nearby, especially with a large church planning to move into the area and a walking trail slated for expansion. Most drivers who travel Five Points like the idea, too.

"I think the roundabout is a good idea," said Willis Smith, a local motorist.

Thompson admits it may take some getting used to, but he hopes this is better and safer once it's done.

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