Local News

July 3, 2014

Whitfield roads earning their stripes

Re-striping of railroad crossings, road lanes part of ongoing safety effort by county’s Public Works Department

You might say some Whitfield County roads have earned their stripes lately.

The recent re-striping of the roads is all part of an ongoing effort by the county Public Works Department to make local roads safer for motorists, according to Director DeWayne Hunt.

He said for the past several years, the county has been compiling information about all local roads, including when they were last striped or when they were re-paved, and putting that into a handy database so officials will know each year at a glance which roads to target with paving and/or striping.

One day recently, Hunt looked on as a four-man crew from Parker Traffic Markings Inc., out of Cleveland, Ga., was painting the traditional “X” and the abbreviation “RR” on each side of the tracks, using special equipment to put down equally special paint to let motorists know they are approaching a railroad crossing. Ten other crossings in the county are getting new paint, too.

The repainting project comes on the heels of a safety train ride earlier this month. On June 5, Norfolk Southern took Hunt and several other officials from around northwest Georgia on a train ride from Rockmart to Dalton, with the goal being to promote safety around railroad crossings and tracks.

“This is a follow-up to that train ride,” Hunt said. “We’re installing new railroad crossing symbols due to recent re-paving, or replacing the old ones due to fading caused by the sun, weather and traffic.”

Hunt encourages the public to pay attention to their work.

“We’d like to encourage the traveling public to please read and abide by all the road signs that are installed,” he said. “We install the signs as prescribed by the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. They are designed to warn drivers of adverse road conditions such as sharp curves or regulatory information such as speed limits, with the intent to make the particular road as safe as possible under normal driving conditions. Drivers need to pay attention to roadside signs and pavement markings and, above all, maintain the recommended speed for that particular road.”

Hunt’s goal is to re-stripe local roads on a five- or six-year cycle so the paint remains reflective to help drivers see where they’re going.

As part of the $125,000 project, motorists should also be seeing new stripes down the middle of many other county roads (and on each side, if appropriate) as the summer progresses, Hunt said.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • United Way shaw kickoff 3 mlh.jpg Tricycle truckin'

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tricycle truckin'

    August 1, 2014

  • Calhoun men charged with sexual battery to be re-indicted

    Three recent Calhoun High School graduates charged in the sexual assault of a classmate will be re-indicted by a grand jury on Monday, Gilmer County District Attorney Alison Sosebee said.

    August 1, 2014

  • Four arrested on drug charges

    A traffic stop of a suspicious vehicle led to the arrest of four people on drug charges and the seizure of more than four pounds of meth and several firearms on Wednesday, officials said.

    August 1, 2014

  • Daltonian on GMA.jpg Good morning, Debbie

    “Lightning doesn’t usually strike twice,” says Dalton’s Debbie Callahan.
    So when it did, “I was shocked (no pun intended).”
    Early Monday morning, Callahan, a 22-year breast cancer survivor, crowded among numerous screaming fans in front of ABC’s Times Square studios in New York City. Fans cheered as the City That Never Sleeps woke up to a live taping of ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Council to ask voters for development districts

    Three years ago, voters in Whitfield County and Dalton rejected a request by local officials to give them new economic development powers. In November, voters will have another chance to approve those powers.

    August 1, 2014

  • Four arrested on drug charges

    A traffic stop of a suspicious vehicle led to the arrest of four people on drug charges and the seizure of more than four pounds of meth and several firearms on Wednesday, officials said.

    August 1, 2014

  • Dalton State turtle 4.jpg In the mood for love: Encouraging breeding, saving species

    For one Dalton State College couple, a cool misty shower is more effective than Barry White and candles at turning thoughts to love. And keeping this couple feeling amorous could mean survival of the species.

    August 1, 2014 4 Photos

  • Beaulieu expects 2,000 employees to be affected by week-long shutdown

    About 2,000 employees of Beaulieu of America in Georgia and Alabama will be affected by the company’s plans to conduct an inventory of its buildings and facilities next week.

    August 1, 2014

  • Moral monday 3 mlh.jpg Four ‘jailed for justice’ tell their stories

    Arturo Martinez was just 8 when his family came to the United States from Mexico, and though he is one of more than 500,000 young undocumented immigrants granted deferred removal by President Barack Obama, Martinez said his dream of pursuing higher education is out of reach because of Georgia policies.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo