Newton County is set for a second roundabout.
As we reported first online Wednesday at Covnews.com, a roundabout traffic control structure is planned for U.S. Highway 278 at Ga. Highway 142, with the state paying for construction and the county paying for lighting and maintenance. Everyone wins. The Turner Lake Road roundabout has been a great, safe success.
Roundabouts are cheaper than traditional signals at intersections and work well in keeping traffic flowing smoothly.
The Highway 278 and Highway 142 intersection is well-traveled, especially on Sundays. When church lets out, the county has had to pay to station a deputy there to work the traffic. The roundabout also will alleviate this expense.
Now, if we can just get drivers to maintain a constant speed and not stop in the roundabout to let another car in, we’ll all be happy.
Having a blast
It was a fantastic Fourth of July here in Newton County.
The city of Covington put on a great show on the square on Sunday, with entertainment and beautiful fireworks, and the city of Porterdale waited out a downpour on Monday to put on a fun fireworks display of its own.
Oxford had its down-home community parade on Monday before storm clouds gathered.
You can see photos from the Fourth events at Covnews.com.
These family-friendly events proved that you don’t have to travel far to have fun, and you don’t have to spend very much, either.
Thanks to the organizers for the flawless staging of some fine patriotic celebrations. Your efforts were much appreciated and applauded.
If you missed out on Sunday and Monday, you have another chance to catch a fireworks show. Social Circle had a bit of bad luck as a thunderstorm basically hung overhead for much of the afternoon on Monday, so they’ll set off their fireworks Saturday night.