Neighbors want road changes after fatality

KINGSLAND — A fatal crash on a treacherous stretch of RR 1431 just east of Lookout Mountain and other accidents over time have neighbors pleading with the highway department to add more warning signs and reduce speed limits.

“This is about safety,”  said Julie Printz, who owns and manages The River’s Edge RV Park community, located between Highland Haven and Kingsland. “Nobody ever wants to see anybody get hurt, and nobody ever wants to see an accident before they go off to work.”


PHOTO 1: The owners of the River’s Edge RV Park community erected a sign encouraging visitors and residents to only make right turns due to growing traffic issues at the intersection of a recent fatal crash. Staff photo by Connie Swinney


PHOTO 2: A team of Department of Public Safety investigators Aug. 29 reconstructed the scene of a fatal crash at the center of a debate about more warning signs and speed limits on a curvy stretch of RR 1431 at the foot of Lookout Mountain. Staff photo by Connie Swinney


Despite the concern, crash statistics for 1431, from CR 125  to Mountain View, indicate the number of annual total accidents has decreased from 12 in 2008 to four from January to August of this year.

 

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