Georgia DOT has launched a new project open house for state route 16 at England Chapel Road in Butts County. The project plans to construct a new roundabout.
The state is accepting public comments about the project through April 14, 2023. The project plans to begin construction in winter 2024–2025.
SR 16 at England Chapel Open House
The Georgia DOT open house offers a concept layout (pictured above) for the proposed England Chapel Road roundabout. Residents are encouraged to submit their feedback about the project. To access the state open house, visit their website below:
The proposed project will construct a one-lane roundabout at the intersection. The roundabout seeks to reduce historic safety concerns and crashes at the location. Between February 2015 and February 2020, a total of 47 crashes occurred at the intersection. These crashes resulted in one fatality, 13 serious injuries, six visible injuries, and 27 property damage only collisions. Angle crashes were the primary type of crash — accounting for 72% of incidents.
In October 2022, the Butts County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution urging the state to implement safety measures at the location. This came following the tragic death of a 19 year old college student.
During project construction, there will be a temporary detour on England Chapel Road. The closure would last about 60 to 90 days. The state is taking feedback on the proposed detour route. The detour would follow highway 16, Shiloh Road and Walt Banks Road for a distance of 3.8 miles.
Be sure and submit your comments before the state’s deadline on April 14, 2023. The comment form is available through the open house linked above.
Featured image shows the state route 16 at England Chapel Road concept layout. Georgia DOT photo.