Lester Mill Road was paved and realigned in 2017 as a SPLOST IV project. Since then, several accidents have often resulted in injuries. There has been one fatality when a motorist did not stop on Lester Mill Road and entered the intersection at travel speeds.
District I Commissioner Johnny Wilson has worked with Henry County DOT to install flashing stop signs and additional rumble strips on Lester Mill Road, a flashing “intersection ahead” sign on Bill Gardner Parkway, and street lighting at the intersection. These preventive measures have not resulted in a reduction of accidents, and following four accidents in January, Commissioner Wilson asked county staff at the February 4 board meeting to implement the four-way stop.
The commissioner will continue to work with county staff to develop a more permanent solution such as a traffic signal or roundabout. $250,000 in SPLOST V funding was budgeted for the intersection from district I funding.