The purpose of the Athens-Clarke County Neighborhood Traffic Management Program is to reduce accidents, traffic volumes and/or speeds thereby improving pedestrian safety and creating more pleasant neighborhoods for the citizens of ACC.
What is Traffic Calming?
The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) defines traffic calming as “changes in street alignment, installation of barriers, and other physical measures to reduce traffic speeds and/or cut-through volumes, in the interest of street safety, livability, and other public purposes.”
RUBBERIZED SPEED TABLES: Highly reflective, pre-formed, and portable rubber speed tables. Compression molded 100% recycled synthetic and natural rubber composite
For every section of rubberized speed table, 5 tires are recycled.
There are 10 rubberized speed tables on Valleywood Drive and Ansley Drive , which equates to approximately 9800 recycled tires (maybe more, as each table is 22 feet wide).
ACC Mayor & Commission approved two 20' speed tables for Calhoun Drive -- there were approximately 1960 tires not going to a Landfill!
RADAR SIGNS: Radar speed signs display the speed of oncoming vehicles using highly visible LEDs to make motorists aware when they are driving at unsafe speeds. The data collection software includes the capability to count average, 85th percentile, maximum, and minimum speeds. Signs purchased with the optional solar panel also provide reduced energy costs for the county.
The Athens-Clarke NTMP strives to utilize all types of traffic calming devices to address neighborhood concerns. ACC recognizes that a "one device fits all" approach is not desirable, and the program specifically encourages each neighborhood to develop a traffic calming solution that addresses their specific needs.