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Curve a trouble spot for motorists
Christa Davis is tired of seeing cars speeding around a tight corner in downtown Brunswick, where Bay Street makes a right-angle left turn on First Avenue.

During the past 15 years, Davis, a retired nurse, has seen more people speeding through the corner than she can remember. From her home on nearby Oglethorpe Street, she has also heard the commotion of numerous crashes.

"I've seen all kinds of wrecks and near-wrecks there," Davis said.

She has asked several times for more police patrols to enforce the 25 mph speed limit but said she rarely sees them.

It is not a high traffic area, so Davis said she understands why an officer cannot justify watching the turn day and night.

That is why she feels the answer may be adding signs warning motorists of the impending turn.

Better signage would diminish the chance of crashes like the one on April 29, which Davis said took out a fire hydrant when a white pickup truck lost control around the corner.

"There have been numerous one-car accidents at this site and some day there will probably be a death involved," Davis said.

Just a week before the hydrant crash, she said a dog was killed by a speeding motorist at the corner.

Davis said tractor trailers on their way to the East River Terminal of the Georgia Ports Authority frequently miss the designated turn they are supposed to take from Bay Street onto Prince Street. Missing the turn means the big trucks are forced to maneuver through the tight corner and often knock down large limbs in the process.

"This is an ongoing problem, and I cannot get any help," Davis said.

Help may be on the way.

City commissioner and downtown resident Julie Martin said she understands the complaint about the tractor trailers because she has seen them knock limbs down in Hanover Square when the trucks do not turn on Bay Street off of Newcastle Street as they enter downtown.

She also understands how the turn at Bay Street and First Avenue could sneak up on drivers.

"If you were going too fast, it would be a tough one," Martin said. When she learned of Davis' concerns Monday, Martin called City Manager Bill Weeks.

Weeks said he informed Brunswick Public Works and asked what kind of sign might alleviate the danger.

Weeks said getting any sign there may take a while because Bay Street is a state managed road. Any new signs will have to be approved by the state Department of Transportation.

"As far as anything we could do, we will have to work with the state on it," Weeks said.

* Reporter Michael Hall writes about public safety, environment and other local topics. Contact him at mhall@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 320.



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