January 9, 2012
Dougherty County officials will speak with the Georgia Department of Transportation in hopes of clarifying the DOT's position on how fast people should be allowed to go on Gillionville Road.
The road, which has recently had a portion widened to four lanes, was originally set at 55 miles-per-hour from Lockett Station Road westward to the Calhoun County Line.
But since the road has been widened in that section, the speed limit was reduced to 45 miles-per-hour, Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek told commissioners Monday.
So why would the DOT recommend the speed limit actually be lower on a four-lane highway when the same stretch of road was higher as a two-lane?
The answer, oddly enough, could be curbs.
Cheek told commissioners that generally the DOT doesn't recommend speeds over 45 mph on any highway with curbs because of the chance of more dangerous rollovers at higher-speeds.
And before you ask, no, prior to the road widening, that stretch of Gillionville didn't have curbs so the limit was 55 mph, and yes, during the widening process, the curbs were installed.
County officials are now going to meet with DOT officials to get a little clarity on their recommendation for the speed limit for that portion of highway.
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