Editor's note: This article has been revised to reflect the following correction, which will appear in Wednesday's print edition. The estimated cost of a project to install traffic lights at the intersection of U.S. Highway 80 East and Burkhalter Road is just under $1 million. An incorrect amount was listed in a news brief on page 5 Tuesday. The Statesboro Herald regrets the error.
A new traffic light is slated for construction near Statesboro after the first of the year.
Jill Nagle, a public information officer for the Georgia Department of Transportation, confirmed Monday that intersection improvements and a traffic light will be installed at U.S. Highway 80 East and Burkhalter Road "sometime in early 2015."
Federal funding and budget restrictions are delaying the announcement of a definite date, she said.
Plans are to install a traffic light at the intersection, as well as add right- and left-turn lanes, she said.
The estimated cost will be just under $1 million, Nagle said.
The intersection has been the site of several accidents resulting in serious and life-threatening injuries.