Agenda Item # 6

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

09/25/2018

Agenda Report # 31


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Radar List Modification Request to GDOT

INITIATED BY: Donna Newman, Director of Engineering


Recommendation: Approval is requested to authorize staff to submit to GDOT a request to modify the current radar list for use of speed detection devices.

Background: A request was received from the Muscogee County School District to modify the designated school zone for the newly opened Spencer High School to include Fort Benning Road and Cusseta Road. We will be requesting removal of school zones in areas no longer being used as schools. Also, a request is being made to lower the speed limit of Double Churches Road in the vicinity of the park.

Analysis: Spencer High School has recently opened for operation. The Engineering Department has received a request from the Muscogee County School District to modify and establish a School Zone on Fort Benning Road and Cusseta Road. The project to add parking within the right of way for Double Churches Park has been completed. As part of the project, a traffic study was performed and a reduction of speed limit to 40 mph from 45 mph was recommended. The preschool that was operating at Westminster has ceased its operation as a school and thus the school zone needs to be officially removed from the list. In review of the list, it was noted the former Daniel Middle School on Manchester Expressway and Spencer High School on State Route 520 (Victory Drive) are no longer in use as a public schools, thus they need to also be removed from the list as having a designated school zone. Upon review and approval by GDOT the Department of Engineering will follow with an ordinance modification for enforcement purposes.

Financial Considerations: The Department of Engineering will be responsible for installation of appropriate signs and traffic control devices. Estimated cost will be $32,000.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: The Traffic Engineering Division will be responsible for normal maintenance of all signs and traffic control devices.

Legal Considerations: Requesting Council concurrence prior to sending request for modification to GDOT.

Recommendations/Actions: Approval is requested to authorize staff to submit to GDOT a request to modify the current radar list for use of speed detection devices.



A RESOLUTION
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A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO SUBMIT A REQUEST TO THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION(GDOT) FOR MODIFICATIONS TO THE CURRENT RADAR LIST TO INCLUDE MODIFICATIONS TO CERTAIN DESIGNATED SCHOOL ZONES AND REQUEST TO LOWER SPEED LIMIT ON DOUBLE CHURCHES ROAD IN THE VICINITY OF THE PUBLIC PARK AND NEWLY CONSTRUCTED DESIGNATED PARKING AREA.

WHEREAS, the Department of Engineering received a request from the Muscogee County School District to modify an existing school zone to include the newly opened Spencer High School on Fort Benning Road; and

WHEREAS, the Department of Engineering received a request to modify the existing school zone for St. Luke School to include locations on 3rd Avenue; and,

WHEREAS, there are areas currently designated as School Zones that are no longer being utilized for elementary to high school use that should be removed from the current radar list; and,

WHEREAS, as part of the project to construct additional parking in the vicinity of the public park located on Double Churches Road a traffic study was initiated which justified the lowering of the current speed limit form 45 mph to 40 mph.

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

That the City Manager is hereby authorized to submit a request to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to modify current radar list to include moving the existing school zone to 300 ft north of Wade Street on Fort Benning Road encompassing the area of Spencer High School, to include 3rd Avenue as a school zone from 100 ft north of 10th Street to 310 ft north of 11th Street for St. Luke School, remove the school zones on Manchester Expressway (S.R. 85), Victory Drive (S.R. 520) and Double Churches Road, and lower the existing 45 mph speed limit on Double Churches Road to 40 mph between Northfield Drive and Paprika Lane.


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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________, 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 House voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.

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Lindsey Glisson, Deputy Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor