LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga -- A Gwinnett County community is rejoicing now that the Georgia Department of Transportation has given the go ahead for a traffic signal at Braselton Highway and Lena Carter Road.
11Alive's Commuter Dude has been following the story for weeks, revealing the issues at the intersection near two schools. Jerry Carnes provided the DOT details of a recent accident involving a 17-year-old driver, as well as videotape of other risky behavior at the intersection. The accident involving the teenager was captured by the dashboard camera of parent Alan Lappert.
"I call it the meat grinder," Lappert said of the intersection. "I avoid it as much as possible."
It was Steve Davis who contacted Commuter Dude. He started a Facebook page calling for a traffic light and a petition that has gathered over 700 signatures.
The reaction to news that a light has been approved met with expressions of joy.
"Awesome," one commuter wrote on the Facebook page.
"I love this," said another.
Five traffic studies revealed the intersection did not meet federal standards for a traffic light. On behalf of concerned residents, Commuter Dude asked Gwinnett County to conduct another study.
On the heels of that study, the state DOT has now given the county the go ahead to install the light.
It's possible the light could be in place before the end of the school year.
11Alive will continue to follow the story.