Residents Petition to Make Candler Street Safer in Decatur, Georgia
DECATUR, GA- The ajc.com writes that a petition was sent to the Decatur commissioners asking the city to improve the safety on a stretch of Candler Street that is considered particularly dangerous.*
The petition was presented by the “Calm Candler” coalition that has been actively attempting to improve safety measures after a string of accidents, including some fatalities, that took place in the last few months.
The group’s spokesperson, Tonio Andrade, a professor from Emory University, reports that there have been a number of instances of illegal passing, close calls, and drivers traveling at high speeds seen on the street.
The petition is seeking to have automated speed limit enforcementand to lower the street’s speed limit from 35 miles per hour to 30. The group is also hoping to have a “risk-based traffic study” completed in the area. The street, which is owned by the state, had a standard study conducted earlier in 2018.
Peggy Merriss, the City Manager, says that the city is in complete agreement with everything that the group has presented in the petition, but that because the road is owned by the state, the changes have to be made by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). The city must, therefore, work with that agency, and within GDOT’s framework if the road is to be completed.
GDOT has made some changes in the area, including adding the installation of nine crosswalks and installing of flashing lights. While the improvements are viewed as encouraging signs, the change is not happening quickly enough for people in the area who see the dangers presented by the roadway daily.
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