State to lower speed limit on U.S. 82 in Lee

LEESBURG, Ga. — Motorists traveling along U.S. Highway 82 north of Albany will be asked to slow down soon as they travel through the Hickory Grove area of Lee County.

Lee Commission Chairman Rick Muggridge acknowledged during Tuesday night’s commission meeting that he’s expecting a letter from the Georgia Department of Transportation within days that will enable that speed limit to be lowered from 65 mph to 55 mph.

Muggridge said the lower limit in Lee County will begin just south of where Oakland Road intersects with U.S. Highway 82 and continue toward the Dougherty County line.

“This has long been a goal of Commissioner (Ed) Duffy, so I congratulate him for his work in the past,” said Muggridge. “I also want to thank State Rep. Ed Rynders of Lee County and State Sen. (John D.) Crosby of Tift County.

The stretch of U.S. Highway 82 between Oakland Road and the bypass in Albany has been the scene of numerous high-speed accidents.

Meantime, Lee Commissioners also adopted a revised budget calendar for this year in addition to approving a set of budget guidelines for department heads and constitutional officers.

The new guidelines come after department heads and elected officials submitted budget requests that are approximately 10 percent higher than the current $22.1 million budget.

Budget Commission Chairman Greg Frich stated early in the process that he wanted more cooperation this year among department heads and elected officials in developing a spending plan.

There was no evidence Frich’s suggestion was followed this year.

Muggridge said he and Frich came up with a set of guidelines to clearly communicate what they want in terms of the budget process.

The entire commission approved the guidelines which state the Lee County board of Commissioners:

.364n Values adhering to a budget that does not facilitate a millage rate change.

.364n Seeks efficiencies and budgetary cooperation between departments.

.364n Desires to limit requests for new positions to those that are necessary due to legal requirements or those that will result in no increase in the department’s overall budget.

.364n Desires to limit capital requests to those absolutely necessary to meet legal requirements, those essential to maintaining current level of services or those that would not exceed overall budget cost but would reduce operating cost in the future.

Under the revised calendar, the current budget requests will be returned to the departments to be reviewed and revised. Those revised spending plans are to be sent to County Administrator Lynn Taylor and Finance Director Heather Kittrell by April 1.

Taylor and Kittrell will then meet with the budget committee (Frich and Muggridge) on April 8.

Department heads and elected officials will meet with the entire county commission between May 8 and May 17 to discuss specifics of the new spending plan.

The 2013-14 budget is expected to be adopted on June 25.


waltspecht 1 year, 11 months ago

Now all they have to do is find some way to enforce it. With the Georgia Code preventing all agencys, except GSP (God's Special People), from enforcing it unless the drivers are 10 over. As I do not believe this stretch is a historic district or school district, this code would prevent it's strict enforcement to obtain the desired results. The day of the speed trap (a real one with rotating signs and all) are gone. The Officers are more professional than prior times, and deserve the same respect as the GSP. So do something right and change the code. Either one way or the other.


GeeGee 1 year, 11 months ago

Lee County has never had their COPS use speed traps per se. They catch you but they do all the can to not catch you. You have to be doing something bad to get caught. Now Leesburg will stop you for sitting too long at a stop sign. They stopped a woman from out of town and she sat too long at a stop sign. Searched her car and found a little pot. I thought this was too bit much but this was what was reported in the Leesburg paper. Be careful in Leesburg.


Shinedownfan 1 year, 11 months ago

I love the Lee Co. Law Enforcment guys! I agree, you have to be doing something VERY bad to get stopped.


SMHgain 1 year, 11 months ago

Is the new library causing more traffic to be in that area? I recently told a friend from Atlanta, that one day in the future when she comes to visit there will probably be a traffic light at that intersection.


ObjectiveEyes 1 year, 11 months ago

The DOT has refused to place a traffic signal at the library. Someone will be seriously maimed or killed at that intersection. It's just a matter of time.


waltspecht 1 year, 11 months ago

They refused because of a traffic study that shows limited usage, I believe


VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

They don't need a traffic light at that intersection. Traffic lights won't prevent accidents, smart driving prevents accidents. It would be just another red light to run. A lot of accidents I see around Albany is at an intersection with traffic lights because someone had to beat the red light.


bigbob 1 year, 11 months ago

Just a thought, maybe people could just learn to drive using the laws we already have. Very few people in this area know what a turn signal is, what keep right except to pass means, what merge means, etc.


Thurman 1 year, 11 months ago

"They catch you but they do all the can to not catch you. You have to be doing something bad to get caught." Not the same in Dawson where they recently bought the "License Plate Reader" cameras and have been stopping and arresting so many for suspended registration that they have to book them and let them go as the City jail has too many of these particular "criminals". The sad part is that IF the camera "hits" on your license plate you are stopped, arrested, your vehicle is impounded and any passengers are told to exit the vehicle and to "start walking home". From what I have found out there is one officer who seems to have more of these arrests than any other and a high percentage of his "hits" are false. Bond monies and towing/storage fees are not refundable even if you have a proper/valid registration. Something's wrong with the Dawson Police Department.


waltspecht 1 year, 11 months ago

False hits are caused by either the individual, or the Insurance misfiling something. For one Officer to have more arrests than others simply means they happened to be there at the right time. The Unit doesn't discriminate, it simply goes by the inputted facts. It has stopped many a driver with suspended license, no insurance or known warrent. Richland and Albany also run the units. I understand Terrell County Sheriff cars will have one shortly.


buddy 1 year, 11 months ago

Oh Geez the wonderful wisdom of politicians making transportation decisions. I will file this one right up there with the moron that decided to make Forrester parkway a "no pass" road. IDIOTS!


Gabrielblows 1 year, 11 months ago

Mr. Carter, Do you have facts to back up the statement about many high speed accidents have occured on this section of 82? What are the accidents reported there is the last five years?


southgawreck 1 year, 11 months ago

Are you kidding? I've known of a number of accidents just at N. Doublegate and 82, not to mention when you throw in Hickory Grove Rd. and other side roads and driveways. There was a terrible accident at N. Doublegate with a tractor trailer back in May of 2011 where a high school girl was killed, and I know there have been others there as well..


rightasrain 1 year, 11 months ago

AH doesn't need facts; they back Rynders and Duffy 100%. Liberal politicians and media = Marxism. And yes, I put Rynders in the Liberal column; he's flopped 100% as compared to his campaign promises. Let's see Mr. Moderator, will you post this one?


LuLu 1 year, 11 months ago

On a side note, I really wish the DOT would fix the section of pavement in the southbound lane of 82 where Pebble Ridge comes in. Every morning I have to go over it and feel like my car is going to come apart.


waltspecht 1 year, 11 months ago

From experience I will note there is a light at the Doublegate EEE-ZZZ Mart. There are still several accidents occurring there, including deaths. The light doesn't make up for bad drivers. I have seen many results from accidents there since it was put in. I have also seen the trash from crashes I have been fortunate enough to not be there for. At a guess, I would think about one a month, if not more. Can't really say if the light affects accidents as much as it controls traffic flow. Especially Sunday mornings.


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