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Citizens concerned over Fulton County road

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ATLANTA, Ga.---A local advocate group says their part of town has been neglected for years by the Georgia Department of Transportation. The group "Citizens for Better Roads in South Fulton County" says finally, improvements are coming to I-285 where they live. Right now crews are paving lanes in Cobb County, with plans to move farther south.

After more than a year of complaining about road conditions, members of "Citizens for Better Roads in South Fulton County" are calling this a step in the right direction, but they say, there's still a long way to go.

"You see how fast he's going," points out Rodney Henderson.

Rodney came together with a few of his neighbors to form the "Citizens for Better Roads in South Fulton County," "We got together and said, hey listen we want to increase the safety in our neighborhoods and see the roads have better maintenance over a period of time."

Their first concern was the overall poor conditions along I-285. "It is definitely evident. You can see the bumps, the major potholes, especially when it rains. It can be a very dangerous situation," adds Rodney.

Crews recently began paving I-285 in Cobb County, from Paces Ferry to South Atlanta Road. That project is expected to finish in November, then crews could start paving I-285 through South Fulton County.

"So it's still going to take a little patience?" Katie asks. "Yes, yes but at least we've started so that's one positive thing," replies Rodney.

Now Rodney is turning his focus to other issues. He says industrial growth has brought on more congestion, and that tractor trailers are taking more residential routes, like Campbellton Road to avoid delays.

"Some of the trucks, to avoid some of the congestion, are using our side streets as cut-throughs, so that's where the safety concerns are starting to come up and then you can see increased amount of deterioration is happening to our roads," explains Rodney.

They also appear to be largely ignoring the 35 mile per hour speed limit, zooming by schools and parks. "With a heavy load, it's going to take them a longer time to stop, if they have 50,000 plus pounds, they just can't stop on a dime," adds Rodney.

The safety concerns and effects on the road worry the "Citizens for Better Roads in South Fulton County." "It's just a matter of time unfortunately before something tragic happens, so we want to be proactive and just work with the DOT and the local county officials to re-route some of that truck traffic to the main throughways which they're supposed to be on," Rodney says.

Rodney believes, South Fulton County has been treated as the "red headed stepchild" and he hopes moving forward there's more maintenance between big road projects to help with the conditions. He says he will keep doing his part to keep the dialogue open with both the DOT and the county commissioners.

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