“We’ll be doing thermal striping, which is the high reflectivity striping like you see on the state routes, and we’ll be adding the reflectors on the center lines,” Gray said. “... It’s the most high-intensive they have out there today, so it helps tremendously, even when the rain is blanketing the roadway and you can’t really see the striping reflecting in the headlights during the daylight hours, your headlights will ping on the reflectors and illuminate those.”
The $234,000 in improvements, made possible through a grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation, will take place on Sugar Valley Road — 5.9 miles; Peeples Valley Road — 4.92 miles; Old Grassdale Road — 3.98 miles; Mac Johnson Road — 1.78 miles; Adairsville Pleasant Valley Road — 3.64 miles; Bells Ferry Road — 3.61 miles; Bozeman Road — 2.93 miles; Rock Ridge Road — 1.04 miles; and Wilderness Camp Road — 3.7 miles.
“We submit to [GDOT] a large list of what we’d like to be approved on and then based on the right-of-way widths, the clear zones, the amount of traffic and the condition of the roadway [determines] whether it gets accepted or not,” Gray said. “It has to go through a pretty extensive approval process ... then we have to initiate the contract, which is putting the money up front, then the safety grant pays us back after we’ve completed the project.”
According to a press release from GDOT, a study of similar work done in Athens/Clarke County showed an overall reduction in crashes of 43 percent.