New roundabout "tentatively and hopefully" will open Monday evening


The new Kings Road/Stembridge Road roundabout "tentatively and hopefully" will open Monday evening, according to County Manager Carlos Tobar.

No one will be happier than the residents of the area, of course, whose commuting patterns have been altered since the second week of December.

The new roundabout will be the very first in Milledgeville/Baldwin County. Some locals are skeptical, which is natural. The idea, however, is to reduce the risk of serious and fatal accidents. According to the DOT's roundabout web page, "roundabouts reduce severe crashes at intersections by about 80 percent."In theory, someone is significantly less likely to be seriously injured in an accident when the speed limit is 20 or 25 miles per hour as opposed to 55 miles per hour.

"The concrete work has been completed, and they finished paving (Tuesday), so we'll have to wait a couple of days before striping," Tobar said. "Still have to remove the previous caution light, but the new signs are installed, and we're also getting some sod out there, as well."

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