Some Cobb County residents say abundant growth paired with a lack of speed limit signs and stop signs has contributed to speeding through their neighborhood.
An article by 11 Alive News reports while some homeowners in the Smyrna neighborhood like the sidewalks available for walking along South Sherwood Road, they don’t like the traffic.
Shawanna Monique told 11 Alive people are always speeding past her home.
“They’re lacking stop signs at intersections,” Monique says in the article. “More speed limit signs, but I’m advocating for additional stop signs at intersections.”
11Alive’s Commuter Dude reached out to the city of Smyrna about the issue and according to the article, City Engineer Eric Randall says he’s hesitant to add signs that would create four way stops. Randall fears it might cause drivers to speed even more in order to make up time from having to stop.
Randall did say placing more speed limit signs is something that could be done.
The day following the interview, two new speed limit signs were erected, according to the article. The city also placed speed-tracking devices in the neighborhood.
Neighbors also said they want a crosswalk in the area and the city is looking to add one, and also searching for the money for flashing lights to alert drivers when a pedestrian is trying to cross the street, 11 Alive reports.
The news of traffic complaints along Smyrna roads comes just weeks following a meeting where Smyrna City Council accepted a $100,000 grant to study the 2.4-mile Spring Road corridor from Cobb Parkway to Atlanta Road.
The study will analyze future transportation and land use issues and opportunities stemming from the Atlanta Braves new stadium and the Jonquil Village mixed-use development, according to the Marietta Daily Journal.
The grant comes from the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Liveable Centers Initiative.
With the Braves moving near Smyrna, the community is now facing development and projects that were never on its radar before. About five different developers have reached out in regards to projects so far – from a high-rise condominium to a townhome development.
Smyrna’s grant application requested $120,000, but was awarded $100,000.