BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Blue Ridge City Council approved new speed limits during their meeting on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
They are as follows:
Street Name / Current Speed Limit / New Speed Limit
Ada Street from Mountain to City Limit sign / 30 / 20
Board Town Road / 25 / 20
Church Street / 25 / 20
Cook Street / 25 / 20
Davis Street / 25 / 20
Depot Street / 25 / 20
Old 76 from City Limit to Green Street. School Zone add flashing light 20mph. / 45 / 35
Old 76 from Green Street to Orvin Lance Connector / 35 / 30
East Main Street from Old 76 (Lynn Kemp) to McKinney Street / 35 / 25
East Main Street from McKinney Street to Church Street / 20 / 10
East Main Street from Church Street to Mountain Street / 5 / 5
East Main Street from Mountain Street to Old 76 / 30 / 20
East Second Street from East First Street to Church Street / 30 / 25
Industrial Blvd. from East First Street to Ouida Street (City Limit) / 35 / 30
East Highland Street / 25 / 20
Haight Street / 25 / 20
Jones Street / 25 / 20
Josh Hall Road / 25 / 20
Orvin Lance Drive / 25 / 20
McKinney Street / 25 / 20
Messer Street / 25 / 20
Milam Street / 25 / 20
Mountain Hideway Trail / 25 / 20
Mountain Street / 25 / 20
Mountain Tops Street / 25 / 20
Mountain Tops Circle / 25 / 20
Mountain Tops Road / 25 / 20
Old 76 from Orvin Lane, Connector to Marina / 25 / 30
Orchard Blvd. / 25 / 20
Orvin Lance Connector / 25 / 20
Ouida Street / 25 / 20
Porter Road / 25 / 20
Ridge Street / 25 / 20
River Street / 25 / 20
Roberts Way / 25 / 15
Scenic Drive / 25 / 20
Sierra Lane / 25 / 20
State Street / 25 / 20
Summit Street / 25 / 20
Trackside Lane / 25 / 20
Waldroup Lane / 25 / 20
West First Street from McKinney Street to Depot Street / 35 / 25
West First Street from Depot Street to Highway 515 / 35 / 30
West Second Street / – / 20
West Fain Street / – / 20
West Highland Street / 25 / 20
West Main Street from McKinney Street to Mountain Street / 30 / 20
Willa Street / 25 / 20
Wilson Street / 25 / 20
Windy Ridge Road / 25 / 20
Highway 515, US 76 from Bridge to Bridge (City Limit to City Limit) / 55 / 45
Board member Rhonda Haight made the motion to pass, Board member Nathan Fitts seconded, with the Board voting unanimously.
No changes were made to the proposed limits since the initial draft and first reading.
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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Residents may have noticed a change to the speed limit on Old Hwy. 76 this week. The Board of Commissioners (BOC) discussed an increase in the limit at the Nov. 28 meeting.
“It’s kind of convoluted, but going east on 76, from downtown to Marina Drive, that’s the city of Blue Ridge, and then it becomes the county’s responsibility from Marina Drive out to the Lakewood intersection where Hwy. 60 comes in,” Fannin County BOC Chairman Stan Helton clarified as to which entities are accountable for maintenance and regulations along Old Hwy. 76.
Helton went on to say, “And then that’s state responsibility from Lakewood intersection all the way out to where 60 (state Route 60) turns south on Morganton headed towards Suches. And then from that point going on east towards Union County, that’s the county’s responsibility again.”
From Union County to the Lakewood intersection, the highway has a constant speed limit of 45 mph. From the Lakewood intersection to Marina Drive, the speed limit drops to 35 mph.
The change in speed limit will not affect the current speed limit at Blue Ridge Dam and along Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) property. The speed limit will still remain at 35 mph in that area.
After receiving calls from various citizens wanting to raise the speed limit in this area, Helton brought the issue to the attention of the board. Post 1 Commissioner Earl Johnson and Post 2 Commissioner Larry Joe Sosebee agreed that bringing uniformity to the speed limit would be a positive.
Johnson deferred to Fannin County Public Works Director Zack Ratcliff to get his opinion on the proposed change.
Ratcliff pointed out that the current speed limit causes a bottleneck on that section of road and added, “I recommend that we at least do something to improve that area. I think it would help. That’s pretty slow going across there if you abide by that speed limit.”
Johnson agreed, “It does kind of bottleneck down there. There are still some law-abiding citizens left and that is too slow.”
Sosebee asked Ratcliff if the change would alleviate that issue, to which Ratcliff replied, “It used to be that (45 mph). It actually used to be that. TVA did work on the dam, and they reduced all the speed through there because they were doing the work, and it never got bumped back up.”
BOC Chairman Helton made a motion to raise the speed limit from Marina Drive to the Lakewood intersection (excluding the dam and the area along TVA property) to 45 mph. Johnson seconded the motion, and it was passed unanimously by all three commissioners.
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