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Does Hall County have any plans to install a traffic light at the intersection of Sardis and Ledan roads? If not, how do I submit my concerns?
“There is currently no plan to install a traffic light at that intersection,” said Hall County Traffic Engineer Scott Puckett. “I do not know if there is a possibility because I am not aware of any issues there.”
There are several ways an intersection would come to the attention of Hall County’s traffic engineering division, according to Puckett. The first is through accident data. The division keeps track of crashes that take place on all county roadways and intersections, with a large number of reported accidents undergoing review.
Residents’ concerns also play a large role in evaluations. Puckett encourages any Hall County residents to report possible problems and feedback to the division either by their direct phone line, 770-531-6800, or by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Major construction projects often warrant traffic studies to determine if road expansion or traffic signals are needed. Additionally, traffic engineers also may decide to evaluate an intersection based on their observations.
If an intersection is chosen for evaluation, the division conducts a “signal warrant study” which determines if the intersection meets federal standards for signalization. The warrant study evaluates the intersection’s traffic volume, pedestrian volume, crash data and whether it is considered a school crossing.
“If it does warrant a signal, we would develop that as a project and proceed as the budget allows,” Puckett said.
As for other county intersections, the division is waiting on design approval from the Georgia Department of Transportation to install a signal at Cornelia Highway and Ramsey Road.
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