Statesboro City Council approved a motion Tuesday that will lead to the renovation of an almost always-crowded intersection.
Councilmen unanimously agreed in their morning meeting to allow city-staff enter negotiations with engineering contractors to redesign and improve the heavily trafficked cross-section of Fair Road, Tillman Road and S. Zetterower Avenue.
Through negotiations with Dublin-based consulting engineers Wolverton & Associates, city officials hope to eventually make life easier for pedestrians and motorists passing through the increasingly busy crossroads.
“We realize that the amount traffic there is heavy now and only going to get worst — with both car traffic and biking pedestrians,” said Councilman Will Britt. “That traffic pattern is going to change with the development of the new CVS Pharmacy. So, we need someone to come in and help us take a look at the area — including surrounding roads — to see what could be, and needs to be done with that grid.”
“We have to figure out what the solutions could be to the problem that we know we have,” he said.
According to the councilmen, initial ideas about how the intersection could be changed should be known in about 90 to 120 days.
Though construction is likely more than a year down the road, said Robert Cheshire, Statesboro City Engineer.
In other business Tuesday, Council honored the retirement of Landfill Superintendent Mickey Dickey for his 21 years of service with the city and scheduled Friday, April 13 as the date for Statesboro’s 2012 Budget Retreat.
Statesboro City Council will hold its next scheduled meeting Tuesday, February 21.
Jeff Harrison can be reached at (912) 489-9454.