OXFORD – Lafayette County will receive state funds to improve two of the county’s most dangerous intersections.
Southbound motorists on County Road 303, known as Old Taylor Road, will get new warnings as they approach its end over a blind hill in the heart of Taylor. Approval from the Taylor Board of Aldermen is expected to be easily won.
“The improvements at Taylor basically amount to signage, striping and rumble strips,” said Lafayette County Engineer Larry Britt. Several cars in past years have sailed through the junction, prompting the homeowner at the end of the road to build a concrete wall to protect his house.
The other project will be improving an intersection that includes two blind approaches and an unexpected 90-degree turn in County Road 215, also known as Woodson Ridge Road, near Abbeville.
“These are funds that will be over and above your regular funds,” Britt told Lafayette County supervisors on Monday. Grant amounts are yet to be determined but will pay 100 percent of the cost of upgrades.
One notorious intersection not yet approved for state-aid improvement is where Woodson Ridge Road meets State Highway 30, which has been the site of frequent wrecks.
Road Manager Jerry Haynie commended both Britt and the current Board of Supervisors for securing funds for the two approved projects.
“Everything we’ve gone to them with regarding safety, they’ve approved it,” he said.
The money is coming from the state’s High Risk Rural Road program.
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