The Georgia Department of Transportation has not confirmed a time with the city of Carrollton as to when the turn signals on Hay’s Mill at the intersection with the Carrollton Bypass will be complete.
Carrollton City Engineer Tommy Holland has referred to the intersection as a “no man’s land” where, without turn signals, motorists, particularly those turning left, find themselves in a dangerous situation as they attempt to navigate the lanes and oncoming traffic.
“We don’t have a date on that,” Holland said on Monday. “That being a GDOT contract, the city doesn’t have direct involvement in that.”
Holland addressed other road and street issues, including the consideration to change the amount of traffic lanes on Bankhead Highway and the downtown road project.
He said that the Maple/Alabama/Presbyterian intersection work continues to be delayed due weather changes. This week, he said that the flashing beacons for the crosswalks are scheduled to be installed and activated.
Also this week, more bricks will be placed near the Presbyterian Church. Holland hopes that the crew will be able to do more work now that the weather is above 50 degrees. Cold weather has prevented the crew from completing some of the work because it needs to be a certain temperature in order for concrete and asphalt to set properly.
“We seem to keep getting into a pattern where it warms up in the afternoon but then it rains soon after, then it gets cold again,” he said. “So with that, we have been trying but things are getting held up due to the weather.”
With regards to the consideration for lane changes along Bankhead, Holland said that the city is looking into some studies brought up by the Carrollton Corridor Development and Beautification Committee. He said that while Bankhead is the first corridor that will undergo changes, other corridors will be updated as time goes by.
“I know the committee is looking into it with modifications and everything,” he said. “They’re looking into a final plan but yes, they’re looking at changing sections of the lanes.”
The consideration would be to reduce Bankhead Highway to three lanes so that bike lanes, sidewalks, and landscape could be incorporated. Planners described the modification as a “road diet” and see it as a way to reduce speed along the corridor and to give it a more village feel than a state highway appearance.