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Memorial Drive: What Are Motorists' Biggest Problems?

Have your say in a road safety audit.

by Earl Williamson

As part of the data collection leading to an eventual Memorial Drive Livable Centers Initiative study, the Georgia Department of Transportation has agreed to do a Road Safety Audit of Memorial Drive from Moreland Avenue to Candler Road.

The audit will be the week of April 16th through April 20th.

Road Safety Audits include spot or section locations on state highways or local roads where the crash frequencies or severity rates are at or above the statewide average for similar route types.

They look at the overall length along and specific point locations with a focus on safety. The audits generate a list of suggested/proposed implementations that may or may not occur given current state, county and/or city funding.

The audits also can produce maintenance work orders for repairs and improvements.

I would like everyone's input on general Memorial Drive concerns as well as specific problems at specific locations. Don't just give a location without describing the problem in reasonable detail.

This information will be used to guide points to focus on during the RSA.

Forward your ideas to me via e-mail with the subject line "RSA Input." If you've already contributed, you don't need to repeat.

Thank you.

Mr. Williamson is chairman of Neighborhood Planning Unit-O, which represents the interests of the Edgewood, Kirkwood, East Lake and Villages of East Lake.

Debbie Gathmann April 05, 2012 at 12:55 PM
I drive a school bus that has to travel through the Moreland/Memorial intersection daily and it is the most frustrating part of the trip. The light doesn't clear the intersection, generally, and sometimes I've sat through the light three times coming on Memorial in front of the liquor store. Also, it's extremely dangerous when Tech High lets out because students are standing all over the intersection waiting for their MARTA connection. Weirdly, in the spring and fall, the guys required to do community service are also collecting money from drivers sitting at the lights. All this adds up to a mess. We see a wreck from our Moreland school about once a week.
Space Ship April 06, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Debbie - the "money collectors" know they have a captive audience, since people will be stuck at the light for 3 - 4 traffic signal cycles. ;-)
Chris Murphy April 07, 2012 at 12:33 PM
"Community service" is actually making people act illegally (roadside/in road) solicitation???
Patch May 11, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Memorial needs a dedicated left turn lane to Boulevard. This always backs up traffic.
Space Ship May 11, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Here, here. But not in scope of this study.

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