Commuter Dude: Missing center stripe on Feldwood Road

FULTON COUNTY, Ga -- A safety concern on a south Fulton County street got the attention of 11Alive's Commuter Dude, but county officials claim budget constraints will keep them from addressing the issue until 2014.

Feldwood Road needs a quarter mile of yellow striping. Jennifer Smith can't understand why the county can't take care of it right away.

"I've almost been hit twice head on," said Smith.

Near the intersection of Flat Shoals Road, Feldwood Road travels for at least a quarter mile with a dividing line that is barely visible in some spots and completely gone in others. Jennifer's ride home got a shock one day when an oncoming driver crossed into her path.

"The car was actually on that side of the street with me, preparing to hit me head on," said Smith. "Once I could see that, I darted to the right."

It happened a second time. Jennifer blames the lack of yellow.

Concerned about her safety and traffic coming in and out of two nearby schools, she contacted Fulton County. When nothing changed, she emailed Commuter Dude.

11Alive's Jerry Carnes emailed photographs of the road to Fulton County's Public Works Department and followed up with several phone calls to the assistant director of Transportation.

Late Tuesday, the county's communications department sent an email that said the project was on a "critical list of projects to be addressed in 2014.

"We will continue to have challenges in 2014 with projects and related critical infrastructure needs," the email states. "We are hopeful to have some funding relief to address these issues."

11Alive is questioning why the county would wait to address this safety concern.

UPDATE: After this story ran on 11Alive News Wednesday morning, the Fulton County Chairman contacted Commuter Dude. He calls the problem a safety concern that needs immediate attention. You'll hear from him Thursday morning on 11Alive at 6:40AM.

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