Posted: Monday, February 24th 2014 at 5:35pm
Forsyth gets new traffic signals Tues.; Toccoa meeting to address detour associated with bridge work
By Ken Stanford Staff
GAINESVILLE - New traffic signals designed to improve safety and increase traffic flow – especially for left-turn movements – are coming to the intersection of State Route 9 and Castleberry Rd/Carolene Way in Forsyth County. Meanwhile, a meeting will be held next month in Toccoa to discuss plans for a detour once work starts on a new bridge on Georgia 184.
And the concept will eventually be expanded statewide as a component of the Regional Traffic Operations Program (RTOP) and “Quick Fix” initiatives of the Georgia Department of Transportation. Initially, there will be about 30 locations deployed by next spring; additional locations will be determined by city and county governments.
The new traffic lights are called Four-Section Flashing Yellow Arrow (FYA) signals that will be deployed at intersections with historic heavy left-turning traffic volumes. The FYA signals will apply exclusively to drivers making left turns. The signal will be a vertical display of four left turn arrows functioning as follows (and displayed in the attachment):
· When solid Red arrow is illuminated, no left turn is allowed;
· When solid Yellow arrow is displayed, drivers should prepare to stop as light is about to turn red;
· When flashing Yellow arrow is illuminated, drivers may turn left but must yield to pedestrians and oncoming vehicles; and
· When solid Green arrow is displayed, drivers may turn left.
The new signals will be installed at State Route 9 and Castleberry Rd/Carolene Way should become operational by 2 p.m. Tuesday.
TOCCOA BRIDGE PROJECT
Georgia DOT announces a public information open house detour meeting to discuss the proposed detour necessary for reconstruction of the State Route 184/Prather Bridge Road Bridge over Toccoa Creek, 3.5 miles northeast of Toccoa.
The open house is scheduled for Thursday, March 6, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse located at 37 West Tugaloo Street in Toccoa. Georgia DOT engineers will be available to discuss the proposed project and detour details. There will be no formal presentation.
“The purpose of the open house is to present the project and the detour route to the community. We want you to know the status of the project and the detours that will occur during construction. Please come by and get the latest information on this bridge replacement project,” said DOT District Engineer Bayne Smith.
The existing bridge was built in 1940 and does not meet current design standards. The bridge is 90 feet long, 23 feet wide and does not have shoulders. The new bridge will be 90 feet long and 40 feet wide featuring 12 feet wide lanes and 8 feet wide shoulders. Shoulders allow a safe place to move a vehicle out of the roadway if needed.
The detour will allow construction to move almost twice as fast as building a parallel bridge and allowing traffic to use the existing bridge until the new structure is complete. There is also a cost savings of at least $545,174.
Traffic will be directed to use this 5.46 mile signed detour route from SR 183 to Highview Road for 1.8 miles to Old Rothell Road for 0.95 miles to Camp Mikell Rd for 0.66 miles or the reverse.
After the meeting, you can view the displays of the project at the Georgia DOT Area Office located at301 Conger Road in Carnesville.
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