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BOC approves traffic signal agreement with state

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-0, on Tuesday, to turn over control of traffic signals on two state routes in the county to the Georgia Department of Transportation's (DOT) Regional Traffic Operations Program.

The commission approved an intergovernmental agreement that will result in the state taking over signals on Ga. Hwy. 85, in Riverdale, and on Tara Boulevard, which runs down the middle of the county. Traffic signals on those roads are currently operated by the county, by way of a state-issued permit, according to a county request form asking commissioners to approve the agreement.

The request form, filed by Clayton County Transportation and Development Director Jeff Metarko, states that the Regional Traffic Operations Program is a new Georgia DOT program that acts as a "centralized approach" to the timing and operation of traffic signals, and is designed to address congestion issues in the metropolitan Atlanta area.

He explained that it will be funded "100 percent" by the state's transportation department.

"Clayton County already operates and maintains traffic signals along state routes under the permits from the Georgia DOT," Metarko wrote in his request. "One aspect of traffic-signal operation that is not specifically addressed in the permit is the generation of traffic-signal timing plans.

"This program provides additional resources through various Georgia DOT consultants for the timely development and upkeep of traffic-signal timing plans," he added.

Commissioner Michael Edmondson did not attend the commission meeting.