SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – A Savannah man says speeding drivers and car accidents are making his neighborhood dangerous, so he called News 3 for help.
Traffic studies show speeding was not the cause of most of the accidents in that area, according to the city traffic expert. But he told News 3 there has been an increase in crashes.
“If it’s not speeding, if its anything else, still, let’s do something that takes care of the problem,” said Mark Armstrong who lives on E. Henry Street near Ash Street.
He told News 3 he is tired of seeing accidents happen in his neighborhood.
“Everyone should work in their community to make the place better. What kind of person would I be if I didn’t make the place where I live better?” asked Armstrong.
As Savannah’s Director of Mobility Services, it’s Stephen Henry’s job to keep traffic flowing smoothly and safely.
“We have a lot of roadways that we are responsible for, a lot of intersections we are responsible for, and there is no better resource than the people that travel those roads every day and the people that live on those roads,” said Henry.
His department conducted studies in the area and found that traffic flow was increasing due to the President Street Construction Project.
“We did have some crashes, for example, at Ash Street. We took some safety measures there to draw attention to that stop as well as an overhead flasher,” said Henry.
Although right-angle crashes decreased as a result of the flashers, Armstrong thinks the city can do more.
“Whether studies dictate whether you do this or you don’t do that–something needs to be done, something more than a caution light,” said Armstrong. “You know it helps but it doesn’t cure everything.”
Henry says he wants to address those concerns.
“We are looking to visually narrow the traffic lanes on both Henry and Anderson streets. It would be the same approach we took on Whitaker and Drayton,” he explained.
Henry tells News 3 they will begin the process of narrowing the roadways within the next six weeks–a low-cost way to calm traffic in that area.
Installing a traffic light would cost the city between $120,000 and $180,000, which is why they have are no plans to do at this point.