Monday, April 27, 2009

Coweta: I-85 Lane Closures Near Exits 35 and 37

The Georgia Department of Transportation announces daily lane closures on Interstate 85 near Exit 35 (State Route 14/US 29) and Exit 47 (State Route 34) beginning Monday, April 27, through Wednesday, April 29. The closures are subject to change based on weather conditions.

Interstate 85 Northbound Lane Closures
Monday, April 27, daily through Tuesday, April 28
Near mileposts 45 - 47
TIME: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
1 right lane closed; 1 lane remains open to traffic, for work beginning south of Exit 47 (State Route 34)

Interstate 85 Southbound Lane Closures
Tuesday, April 28, daily through Wednesday, April 29
Near mileposts 35 - 33
TIME: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
1 left lane closed; 1 lane remains open to traffic, for work beginning at Exit 35 (State Route 14/US 29)

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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Friday, April 24, 2009

Coweta: Exit 35 Northbound Off-Ramp Closed Temporarily

WHAT: The northbound off-ramp at Exit 35 (State Route 14/US 29) on Interstate 85 will be temporarily closed in order to complete concrete paving.

WHEN: April 25, beginning at 8 a.m. continuing until 4 p.m.

WHERE: Interstate 85 at Exit 35(State Route 14/US 29)

Motorists will be detoured to Exit 41 (State Route 14/US 27 Alt) northbound; where they will be able to exit southbound back to Exit 35 (State Route 14/US 29). Signed detour routes will be in place. Motorists are advised to anticipate delays and to avoid travel near Exit 35.

Macon County: Resurfacing in Downtown Montezuma

WHEN: 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 29, until 5 a.m., Monday, May 4

WHERE: Resurfacing of SR 90, both directions, beginning at its intersection with SR 26 and extending to SR 49

WHAT: The Georgia DOT will begin milling, resurfacing and shoulder reconstruction west of Drumwright Street extending east of Norris Street and on SR 90 beginning at SR 26 and extending to SR 49.

As in any work zone, motorists are reminded to pay special attention to traffic control devices, signs and posted speed limits to ensure safe passage through the work zone.
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Thursday, April 23, 2009

First Georgia Stimulus Projects to be let in May

The State Transportation Board selected 49 projects across Georgia earlier this month as the first installment of hundreds of transportation projects throughout the state that will begin during the coming year utilizing $932 million in federal stimulus funds designed to create and sustain jobs.

The Board voted this week to focus the Georgia Department of Transportation’s May letting on moving the economic stimulus projects forward. Accordingly, the first 49 projects – valued at approximately $111 million and ranging from resurfacing State Route 75 in Towns County in Northeast Georgia to safety improvements on Buford Highway in Metro Atlanta to replacing a bridge over Drag Nasty Creek in southwest Georgia’s Clay County – will be let (prospective contractors’ bids accepted and opened) on May 22. Bid awards to contractors should occur some two weeks later and actual construction begin in July.

“It is extremely important that we put Georgia’s contractors back to work and that they, in turn, put thousands of Georgians back to work,” Transportation Board Chairman Bill Kuhlke, Jr., noted. “These first 49 projects are a good beginning. Many more are in the pipeline. We’ve instructed Department staff to make stimulus implementation, which is all about creating and saving jobs for Georgians, a top priority of Georgia DOT.”

The 49 projects are the first to begin of 135 selected by the Board last month for stimulus funding and are among those certified by Governor Sonny Perdue on April 7. Pending similar gubernatorial certification, the remaining 86 projects, valued at some $401 million, will be let in June and subsequent months as Georgia’s Phase One highway and intermodal stimulus programs. In addition, the Board is expected to select by December projects for another $343 million in Phase Two stimulus funding.

The transportation stimulus funds are a component of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a nationwide effort to create jobs and transform America’s economy to compete in the 21st century. Nationwide, some $48 billion in stimulus investments will be made in transportation infrastructure, including highways, public transit, high speed rail and aviation.

Georgia DOT is responsible for 70 percent of Georgia’s $932 million in highway system stimulus funds. The remaining 30 percent goes to the state’s 15 metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), which are determining projects to be funded from their respective allocations. The state also is receiving $144 million in stimulus funds for public transit and is eligible for additional highway, rail and aviation grants from funds totaling $12.1 billion.

All selected stimulus projects will be fully funded by the federal government; no state or local matching funds are required.

Georgia DOT has created a Web page (www.dot.ga.gov/gastimulus) devoted to stimulus activities to provide specific program information and promote transparency of the process. The list of projects selected for the May letting can be viewed on this page, along with other important ARRA information.

The State Transportation Board determines policy and exercises general governance of Georgia’s Department of Transportation. The Board’s 13 members, representing each of the state’s congressional districts, serve staggered, five-year terms. Board members are elected by those state senators and representatives whose legislative districts fall within all or part of the relevant congressional district.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is committed to providing a safe, seamless and sustainable transportation system that supports Georgia’s economy and is sensitive to both its citizens and its environment.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Georgia's Move Over Law a Proven Lifesaver

Think police work is dangerous? According to FBI reports, traffic enforcement units face some of the greatest risks on the road. In 2008 crashes and traffic-related incidents either equaled or exceeded officers under fire as the leading cause of police deaths in this country…for the twelfth consecutive year.

“Failure for drivers to simply move-over a lane can have killer consequences for our hometown police officers working alongside our highways,” said Director Bob Dallas of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). Nationwide, incident reports show law enforcement and emergency vehicles of all types are struck while working beside a highway…even while red, yellow, blue or white emergency lights are flashing.

“Let’s face it,” said GOHS Director Dallas. “Put a steering wheel in the wrong hands and a motor vehicle becomes a multi-ton killing machine. And although no criminal intent may be involved, when an officer dies because a careless motorist points a car in the wrong direction, that officer is just as dead as when a felon points a gun and pulls a trigger. That’s exactly why we have the Move Over Law here in Georgia.”

Georgia’s Move Over Law is a proven lifesaver, its common sense, and it has only two simple steps to remember:

1. Like the name says, it requires drivers to move-over one lane if possible whenever an emergency vehicle of any kind is working on the side of the road displaying flashing blue, red, yellow or white emergency lights..
2. What if traffic is too congested to move-over safely? The Move-Over Law says if there’s no room to move over, drivers must slow down, below the posted speed limit and be prepared to stop.

Police have been enforcing this lifesaving law in Georgia since 2003…And now, wherever you drive across the country in 2009, forty-two other states have laws like it. While the nation got around to adopting Move-Over Laws, more than 169 law enforcement officers have been struck and killed by vehicles along America’s highways since 1997. Those twelve tragic years demonstrate that each time an officer makes a traffic stop, it’s one of the gravest dangers police can face on the road today.

Just last October in Georgia, Oconee County Deputy David Gilstrap was struck and killed outside his patrol car in what investigators have ruled a Move Over Law violation. Deputy Gilstrap was wearing a reflective vest and directing traffic with two bright orange cone flashlights outside a primary school at 7:25 AM when he was struck by a motorist inside the school zone.

“It’s one of the greatest perils of wearing a uniform,” said Director Dallas. “Our officers observe careless driving nearly every time they make a traffic stop or motorist assist. Anyone who works our roadways is at risk, but our traffic enforcement details are in constant danger.”
And it isn’t just about saving the lives of police officers, deputies and state troopers,” said Director Dallas. “The law also applies to emergency vehicles operated by our firefighters, paramedics, DOT maintenance and construction crews, and wrecker drivers. These dedicated professionals put their lives on the line every day to make sure our roads are safe for our families to travel,” Dallas said. “Now with the economic stimulus funds being used to improve our nation’s roadways, we can expect even more construction crews out working for us and they’re vulnerable.”

The Move-Over Law was passed here after Georgia road crews, traffic enforcement officers, and other first responders endured needless years of roadside deaths and injuries due to careless errors made by distracted drivers as they sped by police making traffic stops and emergency crews working roadside jobsites.

“So the Move-Over Law is another good reason to slow down on Georgia’s interstates and rural roads,” said Director Dallas. “When a motorist makes the required clearance for a roadside emergency vehicle the margin of safety increases not only for public safety and emergency personnel, but for passing motorists and their passengers as well. Observing the Move-Over Law is vital because motorists like you and me are often crash victims as well,” said Dallas.

Nationally, more than a thousand motorists are killed every year in work zone crashes and another 40-thousand passenger vehicle occupants are seriously injured. Startling Georgia DOT stats show three-out-of-four work zone fatalities are actually motorists or their passengers, not highway work crews. Now drivers caught speeding or driving recklessly in a Georgia work zone can expect fines up to $2,000.

“Unfortunately, violations of Georgia’s Move-Over Law are still far too common and police still experience too many close calls with too many aggressive drivers,” said Director Dallas. To reduce the deadly potential for Georgia law enforcement fatalities, legislators here allow local judges to set Move-Over Law violation fines as high as five-hundred-dollars to help modify careless driver behavior. Penalties in other states range as high as a thousand dollars and more states are considering “Move Over” legislation like Georgia’s.

But the odds still target police on patrol. The 2008 National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) “Fallen Heroes Report” shows eighteen officers died during their daily traffic enforcement duties last year across this country. “Agency figures can’t begin to keep up with the countless cops who suffer injuries from passing motorists and the near misses never make it into annual reports,” said Director Dallas.

As a result, many Georgia police agencies now routinely designate traffic enforcement units to work in pairs during daily patrols. While one officer is working traffic enforcement, a second officer cites drivers who fail to move-over or slow down. This pro-active method of Move-Over Law enforcement is resulting in more citations and more news coverage about Georgia’s lifesaving statute throughout the state.

Both the Georgia DOT and many municipalities have posted warning signs throughout the State. A five-hundred-dollar-fine for the first offense is a costly reminder, but as more local police departments deploy these high-visibility enforcement measures, all anyone has to do to avoid the Move Over Law fine is use this common sense precaution behind the wheel: “Slow Down. Change Lanes. Save Lives.” Read the full text of Georgia’s Move Over Law on our website at www.gahighwaysafety.org. For more information on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund studies, visit www.nleomf.com.

The Peachtree City Police Department has several programs in place in regards to traffic safety. Through educational programs at the schools, road safety checkpoints, and saturation patrols. The City of Peachtree City has set up an on-line based system for traffic safety concerns, programs, and educational materials which can be reached at www.peachtree-city.org/traffic. Additional traffic concern questions or comments can be made by email at traffic@peachtree-city.org or by calling 770-487-8866 and requesting to speak to any member of the Community Response Team (C.R.T.).
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Monday, April 13, 2009

Coweta: Lane Closures

Lane closures will be required in Coweta County later this week and next week for some boring work to be done in conjunction with planned road improvements. A county contractor will be doing geotechnical work (borings) that will require lane closures on Reese Road, Hammock Road and SR 154. The borings will be done to gather soil information that is needed to complete the engineering work on the SR154/Hammock Road intersection project and Reese Road @ Keg Creek Box Culverts project. Lane closures will be needed for the following areas:

Reese Road on Friday, April 17th
Hammock Road on Monday, April 20th
SR154 on Tuesday, April 21st

These road closures will not be done during peak hours of the day and as with all road work, are subject to change due to weather.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Coweta: I-85 Southbound Traffic Shift Near State Route 74/Senoia Rd

The Georgia Department of Transportation announces a southbound traffic shift on Interstate 85 beginning near Exit 61 (State Route 74/Senoia Road) and extending to Exit 56 (Collinsworth Road/ County Road 548) beginning Monday, April 13. This traffic shift is subject to change based on weather conditions.

Beginning near Exit 61on I-85 southbound, the previous three lanes of traffic will be reduced to two travel lanes and be shifted to the newly constructed lanes. This shift will extend southbound to Exit 56.

Refuge areas for accidents will be spaced at 1 mile intervals through the shift.

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

Coweta: I-85 Lane Closures Near Exit 35 and on US 29

The Georgia Department of Transportation announces daily lane closures on Interstate 85 near Exit 35 (State Route 14/US 29) and on US 29 at Interstate 85 beginning Monday, April 13, through Saturday, April 18. The closures are subject to change based on weather conditions.

Interstate 85 Northbound Lane Closures
Monday, April 13, daily through Tuesday, April 14
Near mileposts 33 - 35
TIME: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
1 left lane closed; 1 lane remains open to traffic, for work beginning near Exit 35 (State Route 14/US 29)

US 29 at I-85 (Exit 35) East and Westbound Lane Closures
Wednesday, April 15, nightly through Saturday, April 18
Near mileposts 10 - 11
TIME: 7 p.m. – 7 a.m.
1 right and left lane closed; 1 remains open to traffic

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.

Speed limits have been reduced and will be strictly enforced. Message boards, signs, barricades, barrels and cones will be utilized to alert and channel motorists through the area.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Governor Perdue Certifies $207 Million in Stimulus Road Projects

Today Governor Sonny Perdue announced that he has submitted the required “1511 Certification” on 67 road projects around the state that will be funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These projects represent approximately one-fourth of the total funds that will be available to Georgia for transportation through the stimulus package.

“This first batch of projects includes some badly needed bridge repairs, resurfacing projects on highways with some of our lowest pavement ratings and two widening projects that will improve congestion and safety and spur economic activity,” said Governor Perdue.

The Governor certified the only two projects submitted by Georgia DOT that provide additional capacity and are included in an approved Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which is a requirement for certification.

Governor Perdue submitted the certification as part of an April 7 letter to US DOT Secretary Ray LaHood. In the letter, the Governor informed Secretary LaHood that more projects will be certified as the Georgia DOT and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) amend their respective TIPs to include additional projects.

About half of the funds represented in these projects will be spent in parts of the state considered “economically distressed areas.”

For more information visit Georgia DOT’s stimulus website at www.dot.state.ga.us/gastimulus .

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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