Suwanee To Install Speed Radar Signs on PIB
Expected to happen in early 2013, the move is based on traffic patterns and previous experiments with the signs.
Suwanee officials plan to install radar signs at two locations on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard soon to alert drivers to their speeds.
Officials said Thursday (November 15) at a City Council workshop that the signs that show motorists their speeds will be placed at the northbound and southbound city limits on PIB. That would mean north of Tench Road and south of the Fresh Market store.
Suwanee Police records consistently show that three intersections along PIB -- Suwanee Dam Road, Moore Road and McGinnis Ferry Road -- have the most accidents of any within city limits.
City Manager Marty Allen said the move is aimed to "change (motorists') behavior over time."
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Public Works Director James Miller, whose department will maintain the signs, said they should be in place in early 2013.
The city began using Dynamic Driver Feedback signs on five city streets in 2010. Data was collected with the signs not displaying speeds, then when the signs were displaying speeds. A comparison showed "consistent decreases in daily average speeds" on four of the streets, according to city documents.
Also, the city is not recommending location changes for any of the existing radar signs..
The streets where the signs began measuring speeds in December 2010 are:
- Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road southbound near Suwanee Creek;
- Smithtown Road northwest between Leaf Lake Drive and Timberload Drive;
- Main Street southwest bound near PlayTown Park;
- Settles Bridge Road northwest between Barony Drive and Short Street;
- McGinnis Ferry Road northwest bound near McGinnis Reserve.