In the wake of the recent snow and ice storms I made an interesting discovery. Chattahoochee Road was recently resurfaced, and yellow reflectors were added to the center line.
For anyone who isn’t familiar with Chattahoochee Road, it has sharp curves and steep hills.
The reflectors are a wonderful addition, especially at night or in rain or fog. I noticed that many of the reflectors are missing, and at first I enjoyed a little chuckle as I realized that the snow plow had scraped them up.
But then I thought about the fact that a lot of money had been spent to install them. Now the county will have to incur the cost again, and presumably this will happen every time the road is scraped, and in the interim that road has reverted to its previously hazardous state.
I did a rough estimate of the cost of installing the reflectors. They are approximately 50 feet apart on both sides of the center line. At this distance there are roughly 210 reflectors per mile not including the additional reflectors added at each intersecting road. I estimated the cost of each reflector to be about $5. The result is 210 reflectors times $5 for a cost of $1,050 per mile excluding installation costs. Even based on this very conservative calculation, it is clear that the county spends a lot of money on the reflectors for the thousands of miles of county roads.
I hope the county has established a requirement for installation and maintenance of these reflectors as they provide a great benefit to drivers. I also appreciate having the roads scraped when we have snow and ice.
So here is a suggested solution: Recess the reflectors in the pavement. The state does it along the interstates. Is it not possible to do the same on a county road? How many times do the reflectors have to be replaced before we exceed the cost of recessing them? If the county doesn’t replace the reflectors, the initial cost has now become a waste of taxpayer’s money.
I ask that the Forsyth County government review the process and modify it as needed to eliminate this waste of taxpayer money.