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Crash history, future growth spur recommendations to Goshen, Hodgeville roads
Effingham County

Special to the Herald

 

SPRINGFIELD – The Effingham County Board of Commissioners recently approved a series of recommendations to improve traffic flow and enhance safety on Goshen Road.

The proposals stem from an in-depth study conducted by Pond & Company Senior Project Manager Zach Puckett. The recommendations include widening and adding turn lanes to the 3.53-mile stretch that connects to Ga. Hwy 21 and Hodgeville Road.

“Considerations included level of service – how does everything operate? – future growth along the corridor, as well as crash history,” Puckett said while presenting his findings to the board during its regularly scheduled Aug. 1 meeting.

The following recommendations were developed through the analysis performed in the study:

·       Installation of a two-way left turn lane (TWLTL) along Goshen Road from west of Ga. Hwy 21 S to east of Hodgeville Road

·       Installation of an eastbound right turn lane at the intersection of Goshen Road at Huger Street

·       Installation of a westbound right turn lane at the intersection of Goshen Road at Crystal Drive

·       Installation of a westbound right turn lane at the intersection of Goshen Road at Stephens Drive

·       Installation of a westbound right turn lane at the intersection of Goshen Road at D.R. Horton-Longleaf Development driveway (to be included in site plan for D.R. Horton Longleaf Community)

·       Widening the railroad crossing near Golden Drive to increase the turn radius

According to Pond’s traffic analysis, there were 105 vehicle crashes on Goshen Road between 2015 and 2021. Approximately 45% of them were rear-end collisions.

“I believe the reason for that is the absence of turn lanes along this corridor,” Puckett said. “No left turn lanes, no right turn lanes – that is one of the things we looked into very deeply.”

Puckett said the addition of a TWLTL would result in a 30% increase in traffic capacity, a 30% decrease in delays and a 35% total reduction in crashes.

The crash summary showed an unusually high number of collisions – 41% -- not involving other vehicles. Additional crashes were identified relating to trash cans on residential driveways along the road.

Thirty percent of accidents during the study period involved injuries. There were no fatalities.

The study recommendations are designed to tie into ongoing roadway improvement projects along Goshen Road, including the installation of a single-lane roundabout at the intersection of Goshen Road at Hodgeville Road, and the construction of the Effingham Parkway. Roundabouts, including one at the Goshen Road-Effingham Parkway intersection, are in the design phase.

The Goshen Road concept construction cost estimate is just over $8.2 million. View the concept on the Effingham County web page at www.bit.ly/3DTgSSv