Sunday, April 5, 2009

Coweta / South Fulton: Speed Limit Reduction on Interstate 85

The Georgia Department of Transportation announces the posted speed limit on Interstate Highway 85 in Coweta and south Fulton counties is being reduced to 50 m.p.h., effective immediately.

Throughout Coweta and extending to Exit 61(State Route 74/Senoia Road) in Fulton, Georgia State Patrol and local enforcement agencies will be aggressively and strictly enforcing this reduction.

“Speeding is the largest contributor to incidents within this work zone. Our decision to further reduce the speed limit is consistent with the Department’s mission of providing for the safety of the traveling public”, Thomas Howell, Georgia DOT District Engineer, said.

“Troopers will be aggressively pursuing speeders and drivers exhibiting reckless behaviors,” added State Patrol Post 24 Commander Lance Greene. “We have zero tolerance for those whose driving adversely affects other motorists.”

Fines can be doubled for speeding in construction work zones. With concurrence of the Federal Highway Administration, the Department has the authority to determine appropriate speed limits in highway work zones.

FHWA officials and Georgia DOT engineers determined that the current configuration of concrete barriers was necessary to protect both motorists and workers in this construction zone. “There is a significant drop-off in pavement levels outside the barriers where the work is occurring,” Howell noted. “It was our collective judgment that this grade change warranted a continuous barrier wall to prevent vehicles from dropping off the current road surface and perhaps overturning. Providing for the safety of the traveling public is this Department’s foremost responsibility.”

Emergency pull-off areas have been provided in both directions approximately every mile of the project’s length.

Message boards, signs, barricades, barrels and cones will be utilized to alert motorists through the area.

The scheduled completion date for this project is December 31, 2009. Motorists should expect shoulder and lane closures on a continuing basis and are advised to use extra caution in construction work zones.
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