Agenda Item # 1

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

10/24/2017

Agenda Report # 41


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Request for Speed Study on I-185

INITIATED BY: Department of Engineering


Recommendation: Approval is requested for a traffic study by Georgia Department of Transportation(GDOT) for I-185 from J.R. Allen/U.S. 80 south to Victory Drive/U.S. 280 to determine if adjustments to the current speed limit of 65 mph is appropriate for improved safety.

Background: In 2010 Council requested the speed limit on I-185 passing through Columbus, Georgia be increased from 55 mph to 65 mph.

Analysis: Over recent years there have been a large number accidents along this corridor. It is recommended to have a traffic study initiated to determine if a reduction of the speed limit is appropriate in the congested sections.

Financial Considerations: All signs impacted by any changes would be replaced by GDOT.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: There are no annual fiscal impacts expected at this time.

Legal Considerations: GDOT has requested support from the City in requesting a study and potential reduction in speed limit. The Ordinance regulating vehicular traffic for speed enforcement would have to be revised if the speed limit is modified.

Recommendations/ Actions: Approval is requested for a traffic study by Georgia Department of Transportation(GDOT) for I-185 from J.R. Allen/U.S. 80 south to Victory Drive/U.S. 280 to determine if adjustments to the current speed limit of 65 mph is appropriate for improved safety.


A RESOLUTION
NO. _____

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO REQUEST A TRAFFIC STUDY BY THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR I-185 FROM J.R. ALLEN/U.S. 80 SOUTH TO VICTORY DRIVE/U.S. 280 TO DETERMINE IF AN ADJUSTMENT OF THE CURRENT SPEED LIMIT OF 65 MPH IS NEEDED TO IMPROVE THE SAFETY OF THAT SECTION OF THE CORRIDOR.

WHEREAS, the speed limit along this corridor is currently set at 65 m.p.h.; and,

WHEREAS, this Council deems it appropriate to request the Georgia Department of Transportation determine if it is appropriate to reduce the speed limit on certain sections of I-185 between J.R. Allen/U.S. 80 and Victory Drive/U.S. 280 due to the number of accidents that have been occurring.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

The City Manager is hereby requested to submit a request to the Georgia Department of Transportation to initiate a traffic study on certain segments of I-185 in Columbus-Muscogee County to determine if reducing the speed limit is appropriate. Let a copy of this resolution be submitted with the request.


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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________ 2017, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of _____________ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Garrett voting __________.
Councilor Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.



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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor