County not changing Herring Road speed limit
by Sarah Fay Campbell
Coweta County won't be changing the speed limit on Herring Road.
Commissioner Bob Blackburn said he has received a number of calls from constituents asking why the speed limit is 35 mph on Herring Road, which connects U.S. 29 and Bullsboro Drive, at the Shenandoah Industrial Park.
So Blackburn contacted Sheriff Mike Yeager, who offered to do a stealth speed study.
The study found that most drivers stay close to the speed limit.
The daytime average speed was 36.26 mph, Yeager said. The 50th percentile was 37 mph and the 85th was 41 mph.
At night, the average speed was 38 mph, with the 50th percentile 39 and the 85th percentile 44.
The highest speed seen during the day was 53 and the highest speed at night was 58. Yeager said they surveyed 2,319 vehicles in the day and 1,600 in the evening. Drivers would not have been aware that their speed was being tracked.
The road is 2.8 miles and has 12 curves, Yeager said. "Some of them are substantial s-type curves." There are also two railroad crossings. There are 66 driveways and seven roads.
"I think that the speed is good out there. Just abide by it," Yeager said.
Commissioner Tim Lassetter said he worked for many years at a business on Herring Road and he thinks the speed limit is "very reasonable."
"When you have large companies where you may have 100 people getting off work at one time trying to come onto that road … if the speed limit was higher" it would be much more difficult for people to come out, Lassetter said. There are also a lot of delivery trucks going back and forth.
"The old saying is, if it ain't broke, don't fix it," said Blackburn.