Georgia DOT is presently taking comments for a proposed roundabout at state route 16 and state route 42. The project is located east of the Jackson town square. The state is accepting public comments until May 19, 2023.
Update: Georgia DOT shared on May 10 they are cancelling the proposed roundabout.
The proposed roundabout would replace the existing three-leg intersection in front of the Piggly Wiggly grocery store. The state estimates road work will begin in either late 2025 or early 2026.
SR 16 at SR 42 Roundabout Open House
Georgia DOT shared the SR 16 at SR 42 open house in mid-April 2023. The virtual open house offers residents a look at the project concept layout. They can also submit their feedback about the project. Visit here to access the state project open house.
The proposed roundabout measures 120’ in diameter. It has a center truck apron allowing tractor-trailers and other large vehicles to better navigate the intersection. The truck apron is designed for the rear wheels of a large commercial vehicle to drive over. The center apron is typically a red concrete to separate it from the main roadway.
The project will also add a sidewalk and lighting within the project area.
Georgia DOT began design work for the intersection in 2018. The state found the location experienced 26 crashes between 2014–2018. Of these, five resulted in injuries. The other crashes caused property damage only. Georgia DOT is recommending a roundabout to improve the intersection.
Right of way acquisition is forecast to start next year. The state expects they will bid out the project for construction in fall 2025. Construction then has a sixteen month estimated timeframe.
Featured image shows the concept layout for state route 16 at state route 42. Georgia DOT photo.