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BOC seeks speed limit decrease

COVINGTON - County commissioners are taking steps to improve safety on Access Road, a heavily traveled stretch that allows motorists to bypass the expressway.

At their regular meeting on Jan. 15, commissioners authorized County Engineer Kevin Walter to request that the Georgia Department of Transportation reduce the speed limit along Access Road south of Interstate 20 between Turner Lake Road and the Newton County-Rockdale County line.

The speed is posted at both 45 and 55 mph, but is not adequately marked for motorists to determine where the speed zones change, according to Walter.

"In Rockdale County, the access road is posted at 45 mph. Due to density of recent development along this corridor, and because more development is pending, the safe maximum speed for the entire section should be 45 mph," Walter said in a written request to commissioners.

The board also approved a request to the DOT to conduct a signal warrant analysis at the intersection of Access Road and Old Atlanta Highway.

Sight distance is restricted at the intersection, in part due to sunrise/sunset vision impairment, and there has been at least one fatality in the last three years there, Walter said.

The county has received complaints from residents about the intersection, he said.

The signal study would be funded by the state.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.