Light OK’d for Lora Smith, 34
by Sarah Fay Campbell
Georgia Department of Transportation has now decided there is enough traffic at the intersection of Hwy. 34 East and Lora Smith Road to warrant a traffic light.
Coweta County has been trying to get a light at the intersection for several years – and residents have been asking for it for even longer. But GDOT, which controls the placement of signals on state highways, always said it wasn’t “warranted.”
But now, “as a result of ongoing discussions with GDOT concerning traffic volumes and accident history, GODT has agreed to permit a traffic signal,” Coweta County Administrator Michael Fouts said at Tuesday’s meeting of the Coweta County Board of Commissioners.
Coweta has been working on a project to add a right turn lane at the intersection.
While the county’s Transportation and Engineering Department was working on the design of the new turn lane, “we had gotten word they might approve” the traffic light, said Director Tod Handley. “GDOT indicated they may approve one, back in November.”
“We’ve been kind of waiting until we were certain [that the signal would be approved before moving forward with any more design work],” he said.
“Now that we have gotten the go-ahead,” the design of the entire project can probably be completed within about three months, Handley said.
Then they will need to acquire some right-of-way.
“I would anticipate that we would probably try to let” the project for construction next spring, Handley said.
Coweta County is currently in the right-of-way phase for a signal at the Lower Fayetteville end of Lora Smith Road.
The two projects may be combined into one and done by the same contractor, Handley said.
The actual construction work on the Hwy. 34 signal and turn lane should only take a few months.