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New traffic light installed on Hwy. 80
City engineer: Signal expected to be operational on Tuesday
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Hwy 80-Beasley rd

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    A traffic light at the intersection of Beasley/Cawana Road and Highway 80 is expected to begin operations soon, Statesboro City Engineer Maz Elhaj said.
    Currently the light is in flash mode, which is a common practice among engineers to do for a few days before the light is activated.
    It’s expected to begin operations on Tuesday, assuming there are no unforeseen complications, Elhaj said.
    “I think it’s going to make the traffic flow more efficient, especially on the side streets,” Elhaj said of the light. “People are going to have less of a delay coming from Cawana Road of Beasley Road and trying to turn left or go straight.”
    The intersection has seen an increase in traffic over the past few years with the extension of Brannen Street to Cawana Road as well as Fordham’s Farmhouse restaurant and other businesses opening at that intersection.
    In addition to serving the increased traffic now, Elhaj said he believes Beasley Road will become an important connecting road between Highway 24 and Highway 80. Also, he said there are a number of undeveloped lots in that area that could lead to a further increase in traffic in that area, making the new traffic light more of a necessity going forward.
    Eventually, the city intends to install turn lanes for both Cawana Road and Beasley Road, Elhaj said, to accommodate the anticipated increase in traffic along those routes.
    The widening isn’t expected for a year or two, Elhaj said, but it is in the city’s Capital Improvements plan.
    The new light was a joint project between the city and the Georgia Department of Transportation. Elhaj said the DOT is involved in all lights installed on state routes and must approve the plans before the traffic signal is installed.

    Luke Martin can be reached at  (912) 489-9454.
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