Traffic consultants have provided recommendations, ranging from short-term fixes to long-term solutions, for the E.G. Miles Parkway.
Robinson Nicol of Atlas Technical Consultants presented a study done on E.G Miles Parkway during the Hinesville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (HAMPO) meeting August 11 that offered ways that could improve traffic on the road.
The study included crash history, public input, and traffic analysis. Atlas Technical Consultants made short-range recommendations to install flashing yellow arrow signals along E.G. Miles at 15th Street, Veterans Parkway and General Screven Way, with improved signaling. They recommended the installation of traffic signals at Miles Crossing, Pineland Avenue and Arlington Drive. A midblock pedestrian crossing was recommended at E.G. Miles and Hearn Road.
Mid-range project recommendations included lane improvements at Veterans Parkway and Liberty Regional Medical Center. Sidewalks repairs and installations were recommended all along the corridor and more roadway lighting was recommended from 15th Street to Veterans Parkway. Long-term projects included the installation of restricted crossing U-turn intersections at Live Oak Drive, Sharon Street and Deal Street. They recommended the installation of a center median and multiuse path along the corridor from 15th Street to General Screven Way.
The study showed 433 accidents occurred between Veterans Parkway and General Screven Way from 2016-20, with the highest being 100 in 2016 and the lowest being 72 in 2020. There were 843 total accidents between 15th Street and Veterans Parkway from 2016-20.
Nicol said they spoke with and gathered information from business and property owners, the Chamber of Commerce, the Liberty County Development Authority, local law enforcement agencies, Liberty Regional Medical Center, Liberty Transit, Fort Stewart, the Georgia Department of Transportation and the HAMPO committees for their study.
Some of the overall concerns were the narrow sidewalks, the congestion of traffic as new homes are built, and the need for an alternate route for Fort Stewart from the west to help disperse traffic. The study also noted that speeding will likely not be reduced despite improvements. Atlas conducted a survey that showed people were very dissatisfied with the biking conditions along the corridor and people were somewhat to very dissatisfied with walking conditions.
The survey also showed people wanted safe travel for all, improved sidewalks and road crossings, improved pavement striping and signage, improved traffic signals, and reduced congestion. People somewhat agreed with the need for better bicycle infrastructure, a reduction of travel speed and a reduction on the number of driveways.
Those surveyed overwhelmingly support additional turn lanes at key intersections, updated striping or pavement markers at intersections, continuous sidewalks on both sides of the road, new local road connections for increased access along the corridor and improved lighting on both sides of the road.
HAMPO committee members received an update on work at Old Sunbury Road and Highway 84, which is expected to be completed by summer 2023. Signing, pavement marking upgrades and shoulder rehabilitation along various county roads is scheduled to be done this fall. The bridge replacement at Highway 119 and Taylors Creek is set to be finished in fall 2023, and work on Highway 119, beginning north of Airport Road and extending south of Highway 144, will be done by spring.