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Tifton community's frustration brings new traffic light study

At Thursday’s City Council Workshop, experts got the “ok” to have a stop light study in Tifton because some citizens are tired of the stress they face every morning and afternoon.

People who live in Cypress Ridge Subdivision are tired of the traffic outside of their subdivision when trying to get to and from work.

“It don’t matter if you’re turning right or left, you just can’t get out,” Susan Warren, resident, said. “You just have to sit there for 10, 15, 20, or 30 minutes just trying to get out the subdivision unless you pull out in front of them.”

Warren’s commute to work should only take 10 minutes, but that’s not the case.

“I either have to leave early and wait 45 minutes to get to work, or I have to wait until 8 o’clock to get out,” Warren said.

Tift County High School is only a few hundred feet away, causing a lot of the traffic, and with schools realigning next year, the community feels like it’ll add to the current problem.

“With the ninth grade going in there, it’s just going to get more horrendous with the traffic,” Warren said

At the meeting, city leaders and partners discussed their plan to understand what is going on at the Cypress Ridge and Kent Road intersection.

“We’re going to actually do a traffic study in the area to get accurate count of vehicles coming in and out,” Jeff West, ESG Operations Inc. manager, said.

Experts will go out during school zone times, and see the traffic flow. After all the data is collected, they will make their recommendation to the council on whether it’s needed or not.

The City plans on starting the study as soon as possible, and will take three months to complete.

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