Redlight Repair

Janice Connelly crosses West Washington Street at its intersection with Main Street. In December a truck driver ripped down the mast arm of the signal at the intersection. DOT reps say the signal should be replaced in early May at a cost of more than $20,000.

A custom made mast arm designed specifically for a signal light at the intersection of Main Street and West Washington has been completed and should be delivered to a contractor by the end of April, said a Georgia DOT representative Thursday.

According to District Communication Specialist Kyle Collins, the mast arm, pedestrian head, two signal lights and wiring box are on their way to Madison to repair an intersection safety light that has been out of service since December 2020. According to previously published reports, a truck struck the traffic light assembly and, in this case, managed to destroy the entire assembly.

“There are two East Central Georgia locations with some bent mast arms due to collisions that still function. This intersection is the only one that was taken completely out. According to our signal leadership, this is the first time we’ve seen a mast arm taken down in over 20 years,” said Collins.

Since the assembly’s destruction, the intersection has reverted to a four-way stop for the past four months.

Collins said the new mast arm is scheduled to be shipped to a contractor by April 30 and construction of the assembly will take one to three days. Collins said repair of the assembly would cost more than $20,000 and would be paid by either the truck driver or the insurance company covering the vehicle.

“This won’t be a tax payer expense,” he said. “We typically do get the cash to come back to us.”

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