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Cumming mulls ways to curb cut-through traffic

POSTED: September 20, 2013 12:27 a.m.

Residents of two Cumming streets will have to wait a little longer before a decision that could help reduce traffic through their neighborhood.

The Cumming City Council heard a presentation Tuesday night from Jason McCook of Moreland Altobeli regarding Ridgecrest Avenue and Brooks Farm Drive.

In July, McCook presented several scenarios for traffic control in the area. Residents had informed the city in February about the situation with the roads, which often are used as a cut-through from Pilgrim Mill Road to Dahlonega Highway.

Council asked McCook to return in September with cost estimates for the various alternatives.

On Tuesday, he said installing speed bumps or tables along the streets would cost about $15,000, while putting in islands at the intersections to only allow right-hand turns would cost about $250,000.

Mayor H. Ford Gravitt said the speed bumps likely would be the best solution, but wanted to get more feedback.

“Before anything’s done, I think we should contact every property owner and see what the will of the people is in that area,” Gravitt said.

McCook said his firm could survey the property owners over the next few weeks.

Gravitt also wanted to ensure that the state Department of Transportation would allow the bumps. According to McCook, such measures are permitted as long as the devices are installed according to DOT specifications.

In response to a question from Councilman Rupert Sexton, City Attorney Dana Miles said liability would not be an issue provided the devices were installed properly, met DOT specifications and were accompanied by the proper signs.

According to Gravitt, municipal department heads will start work on the 2014 budget next month. At that time, officials would determine if there was funding for the project.



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