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Suwanee Traffic Safety: What Needs To Be Done?

McGinnis Ferry Road is called a 'deathtrap.' Share your thoughts.

Public comment again is strong on traffic safety in Suwanee after a head-on vehicle collision last week claimed two lives.

"That intersection has been a deathtrap and many of us have (complained)," Suwanee Patch commenter Laura Wade said recently after Jean Strickland of Suwanee and David Dowdy of Bogart were killed November 28 in a collision on McGinnis Ferry Road. The wreck happened at the intersection with Scales Road, between Buford Highway and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.

Similar citizen complaints have been voiced about safety along Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, which regularly has several intersections on police safety "hot sheets."

-- What do you think needs to be done to help traffic safety on Suwanee streets? Tell us in the comments below.

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Regarding PIB, Suwanee Police Chief Mike Jones is quick to blame the 55 mph speed limit as too high. "If the speed limit is 55, people think they can go 65," Jones once told City Council members.

Regarding the McGinnis Ferry-Scales Road intersection, citizen feedback focuses on the increased amount of traffic on the roadway since the connecting bridge over I-85 opened in 2011.

"I have lived in Suwanee Station for 9 years and that intersection has gotten exponentially dangerous over the past year, especially with the increased congestion since McGinnis Ferry extension over I-85. Any talks about getting a light at that intersection?," commenter Katy said on Suwanee Patch.

PIB and McGinnis Ferry Road both are maintained by Gwinnett County, so any speed limit issues or inclusion of traffic lights are up to county officials.

However, Suwanee leaders already intend to place radar-controlled speed limit signs on PIB in early 2013 to try to slow down motorists entering and leaving the city limits. However, those signs will be maintained by Public Works, which has no law enforcement power.

One resident already is mobilizing support from Suwanee city leaders to have them work with the county to investigate the McGinnis Ferry situation.

Commenter Katy also said on Suwanee Patch that she intends to "speak with local members of the community to garner support in the form of letters and to join me in attending the city council meeting on the 18th."

See also:

  • Suwanee To Install Speed Radar Signs on PIB
  • Fatal McGinnis Ferry Accident in Suwanee Also Results in Injury

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T. Norwood December 04, 2012 at 02:21 PM
As much as we all hate them - this intersection needs a traffic light. Both directions of traffic approach Scales Road uphill, making for blind spots. The potential for dangerous miscalculations when judging the distance and direction of on-coming traffic has been proven. More than enough lives have been lost.
Patch Adams December 04, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Totally agree we need a traffic light here. Going toward PIB on McGinnis Ferry people are reaching the top of a hill and then sailing downhill at a high rate of speed. Coming out of AMLI I have been nearly rear ended numerous times let alone being tailed and pushed to speed. In the meantime I certainly encourage a speed trap at the bottom like we used to see.
William Combs December 04, 2012 at 11:42 PM
I have been pushing for a reduction of speed limit to 45 on PIB at McGinnis Ferry, Moore Road and Sewanee-Dam Road. The limit on PIB starts out from I-285 at 55 mph on the limited access section, drops to 45 through Duluth, then jumps to 55. That was OK when there was limited development around McGinnis and beyond, but in the last 10 years that has changed. There is much more development in that area than in many sections of PIB to the south, where the limit is 45. It shouldn't take a rocket scientist to see that the 55 speed limit is what makes those 3 intersections some of the most dangerous places in the entire county.
Iris Wise July 10, 2013 at 01:49 AM
This must be given proper attention. Safety really matters so much. Solutions must be done in order to avoid accidents to happen in this area. -http://www.slowstop.com/

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