GDOT hosting free road diet seminars in Macon, Statesboro

Announcement from GDOT:
 
Georgia Local Technical Assistance Program: Seminar on "Road Diets"
 
  • April 6, 2016, Middle Georgia College, 100 University Pkwy, Professional Science Center Room 238A  Macon, GA

  • April 7, 2016, Ogeechee Technical College, One Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd,  Natural Resource Building Room 1205, Statesboro, GA

Improved safety and congestion relief on public roadways are high-priority national goals.  Innovative reconfigurations such as Road Diets can help achieve these goals for motorists and non-motorists on mixed-use streets by reducing vehicle speeds and freeing space for alternative modes. Road diets can reduce collisions, increase mobility and access, and improve a community’s quality of life.
 
Road Diets can make the roadway environment safer for all users. Studies indicate a 19 to 47 percent reduction in overall crashes when a Road Diet is installed on a previously four-lane undivided facility. For pedestrians, Road Diets result in fewer lanes to cross and provide an opportunity to install refuge islands that slow vehicles in the midblock crossing area, which is where 70 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur. 
 
Road Diets make efficient use of the roadway cross-section. The majority are installed on existing pavement within the right-of-way. When planned in conjunction with reconstruction or simple overlay projects, the safety and operational benefits of Road Diets are achieved essentially for the cost of restriping pavement lanes. 
 
Road Diets can make shared spaces more livable and contribute to a community-focused, Complete Streets environment. On-street parking and bike lanes can also bring increased foot traffic to business districts. 
 
Six PDH’s will be awarded. Register on-line via the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)  or call the LTAP Office @ 404-507-3436.  
There’s no charge to attend this workshop, however class size is limited.