The Newnan Times-Herald


New signal timing should improve flow

  • By Sarah Fay Campbell
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  • Apr. 15, 2017 - 6:11 AM

Travel on some of the county’s busiest roads may become slightly less frustrating in coming days as stoplight signals become synchronized, the first on Monday.

Heading up and down Bullsboro Drive, Ga. Hwy. 34 East, Ga. Hwy. 154 at Interstate 85 and even Ga. Hwy. 54 in Peachtree City should begin flowing better Monday morning.

And in a month or so, help is coming to the Newnan Crossing Bypass/Hwy. 34 Bypass between Postal Parkway and McIntosh Parkway, in front of Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

All of the traffic signals on Hwy. 34/Bullsboro between Farmer Street in Newnan and Willow Bend/Flat Creek will get new timing plans. So will traffic signals on Hwy. 154 between U.S. 29 and Thomas Crossroads.

The initial phase of the new signal timing will take effect, in one fell swoop, on Monday, according to Kimberly Larson, district spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The new timing plans were created by Arcadis, a consulting firm that does the signal timing work for the state as part of a project that includes several areas around the metro-Atlanta area.

“This corridor was identified as one that needed to be retimed, based on growth and traffic volume increases,” Larson said.

Motorists may have noticed some differences in the signal operation over the past few weeks as the consultants have been working on the new signal plans which include different timing patterns based on the time of day, Larson said.

The state is asking motorists to let them know of any problems with the new signal timing.

“We are logging all complaints related to the contractor’s retiming efforts, which should ultimately help them deliver a final product,” Larson said.

The new signal timing plan will run for several weeks and then will be tweaked as necessary, before final acceptance, she said.

Once the timing plans are accepted, Arcadis will continue strategic monitoring of the traffic signals and flow in Peachtree City, she said.

To report problems with the new signal timing, contact Coweta’s Transportation and Engineering Department at 770-254-3775.