US 78 Suicide Lanes Gone on Thursday

For any of those in the Stone Mountain, Snellville, and Loganville areas, the reversible lane system on US Highway 78 will be gone this Thursday morning. Here’s a little more information, from Brett Harrell’s blog:

Sometime after 7 p.m. and before 5 a.m. on Wednesday evening, February 13, 2008, C.W. Matthews Contractors will begin re-striping the travel lanes on U.S. 78 so that beginning Thursday morning, Valentine’s Day, Section 1 will have three permanent lanes inbound to Atlanta and two permanent lanes outbound to Snellville. The striping will also include a center turn lane the length of Section 1. Once the paint drys, the overhead lights will be no more.

For some of my previous coverage of Highway 78 and the improvements, look here and here.

This is quite a momentous occasion for the Snellville area residents, and especially for the Evermore Community Improvement District. The reversible lane system is a hazard for everyone. A close friend of mine, his mother died in an accident on Highway 78. The current mayor of the City of Snellville, Jerry Oberholtzer, suffered a broken sternum and a bruised heart in a collision on Highway 78.

Let’s all hope that this construction is finished quickly, and remember to keep supporting the businesses along US 78.