The Newnan Times-Herald


New three-way stop to get rumble strips

  • By Sarah Fay Campbell
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  • Aug. 13, 2018 - 11:19 PM

A new three-way stop at Happy Valley Circle and Frank Cook Road took effect on July 16, but some motorists seem to be missing the point.

Coweta County Commissioner Bob Blackburn said that some motorists are “not recognizing the stop signs on Happy Valley."

Some residents in the area are concerned, according to Blackburn, so he’s reached out to Public Works Director Tod Handley, and rumble strips will be placed on both approaches to the stop signs at Happy Valley.

Rumble strips are effective, but noisy for neighbors. The county has removed some because of noise in the past, Blackburn said. He said the resident he’s been speaking to said she would agree to rumble strips under the condition that they will be removed if they are too noisy.

County Administrator Michael Fouts said Handley has been researching various types of rumble strips that are less noisy.

Handley said Monday his department will try a different configuration with rumble strips that are spaced farther apart and that do not produce the same buzzing-type noise. The strips will also be shorter – so that only one set of tires will go over them, Handley said.

Blackburn also asked about the possibility of lower the speed limit on the Happy Valley end of Frank Cook from 45 mph to 35 mph.

Speed limits have to be approved by the Georgia Department of Transportation and Georgia Department of Public Safety to be enforceable. The county could collect some speed data and submit it to the state, Handley said.

But usually, speed studies show that drivers are already going faster than the speed limit.

“Getting a lower speed limit approved while people are already driving faster than they should be is not generally something that is going to be approved,” Handley said. “But we can try and see.”

The Happy Valley/Frank Cook three-way is one of three that were recently approved. The intersection of Macedonia Road and Newton Road will become a three-way stop on Aug. 20.

A new stop sign at Palmetto-Tyrone Road and Fischer Spur Road was operational last week, and Handley said his department is looking at other intersections that may need to become multi-way stops.