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Radar signs to go up on Brown Bridge

COVINGTON -- Newton County is putting radar signs on Brown Bridge Road near Riverstone Parkway in hopes of alerting motorists to their speed and preventing additional accidents there.

There have been several accidents and a fatality in that area, prompting the county to conduct a traffic count to determine the number and speed of vehicles, according to County Engineer Tom Garrett.

"In 24 hours, there was a total of 11,516 vehicles. The posted speed limit is 45 (mph). The statistic generally used to characterize vehicle speeds is the 85th percentile. The 85th percentile speed for this study in the westbound lane was 55 mph."

More than 8 percent of vehicles in both lanes exceed 55 mph and 54 vehicles exceeded 65 mph.

With that information, county officials decided to put two radar signs, one in each direction, on the roadway.

The radar signs will be similar in design to the signs on Brown Bridge Road near Magnet Road, also installed as the result of multiple accidents, including one fatality, Garrett said.

"We are gathering data on speeds before the sign installation to determine a baseline for comparison to the data after the radar signs are installed. This will help establish their effectiveness for future applications. The priority is to make drivers aware of the posted speed limit, and also of their traveling speed," Garrett said.

Other options included shoulder widening and/or installing a guard rail but Garrett said those would be cost prohibitive. The road design is acceptable for the set speed limit of 45 miles per hour, he said.

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livingart 2 years, 2 months ago

Okay - we had 11,516 motorist in 24 hours, but Washington Street received 4 lanes; turning lanes and side walks = figure that. Would someone explain to me why the speed limit at the Brown Bridge schools area ( for 6 hours,- really..) are at 25 MPH and Salem Road and Oak Hill area schools and higher MPH.

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henrystamm 2 years, 2 months ago

If the average speed is 55mph, why is it set at 45? No wonder there are so many accidents. Give the engineers that set the speed limit a ticket for stupidity.

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John 2 years, 2 months ago

henrystramm, Speed limits are not set by how fast drivers are going, otherwise the speed limits on I 285 would be posted at least 75 mph. Speed limits are based on the road conditions, traffic volume, visibility, etc and the safe driving speed limit is set accordingly. Obviously, if it was posted 55 mph the NASCAR wannabees drivers would be going 65 - 70 mph + that equals more accidents & a greater potential for more casualties. This article does state there has been numerous accidents & a fatality in this area and it posted 45 mph. The solution, is for law enforcement to start writing more tickets & more often.

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Newtownqq 2 years, 2 months ago

You dont need to conduct a study when you know people are traveling faster than the posted speed limit. Why not post a NCSO at the cross roads with his lights flashing which will cause drivers to slow down? Also Mr. Garrett said that guard rails would be cost prohibitive, since when did public safety get put on the back burner? If a guard rail could help prevent a death we should put it up! Mort will just have to wait on the COW BARN!

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Frustrated 2 years, 2 months ago

the signs wont do much in the way of deterrent. The sign at Brown Bridge and Magnet Rd has been there for some time now and not many people pay attention to it. How about a little police presence to slow people down. That would work much better than those expensive signs.

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henrystamm 2 years, 2 months ago

John, no wonder we are in so much trouble when you cannot understand that the speed limit has nothing to do with safety but only to enhance the politicians and government pockets. Wake up!

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John 2 years, 2 months ago

If your rather "unique" view of how speed limits are established is "spot on" then law enforcement would be pulling folks over all day long to collect that "revenue" for government/politicians? Well, we don't see that do we & people do speed frequently. Or maybe you have received too many citations for exceeding the speed limit and came up with that very "unique" theory on how speed limits are set.

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PoolBoy 2 years, 2 months ago

I love those signs! My high score is 62.

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John 2 years, 2 months ago

Hope you get "busted" - start saving your money.

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Billy 2 years, 2 months ago

Speed traps are to collect money, not for safety. Everyone knows this. The middle class will pay their tickets; the police have to serve papers on others who don't, so hit the guy who will pay. You never see the 90 MPH motorcycles or tailgaters pulled over, just the honest guy going to and from work...

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