Big changes are ahead for Rockaway Road

Big changes are ahead for Rockaway Road

The first of the traffic improvements to Rockaway Road in Senoia has been installed. Motorists should expect an additional improvement, in the form of flashing beacons, to be installed by early February.

The Coweta County Commission recently approved a $1,500 low bid to install rumble strips on each side of the Rockaway Road approach to Heritage Pointe Parkway on Senoia’s north side. The rumble strips were subsequently installed.

Senoia will split the cost of the one-percent sales tax-funded project with the county so that each party contributes $750.

Commissioners on Dec. 8 approved the purchase of flashing beacons for the intersection at a cost of $9,024, also to be paid by SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) funds. Senoia will contribute half the cost of the beacons.

Commissioners on Oct. 4 approved several intersection improvements on Rockaway Road. Commissioners on the recommendation of county staff approved operational safety improvement at the intersection that included enhanced signage and flashing beacons to warn Rockaway Road drivers of the intersection and the limited sight distance, installing rumble strips on each approach of Rockaway Road to the intersection and increased and strict enforcement of the existing posted speed limit on the roadway.

The approval also included beginning survey work that could lead to the installation of a mini-roundabout requiring drivers to reduce their rate of speed at the intersection.

If approved later for installation, the mini-roundabout would cost approximately $75,000.

Commissioners voted unanimously on the intersection work recommended by county Transportation and Engineering Director Tod Handley and based on data from a Senioa-funded report by Integrated Science and Engineering.

Handley prior to the vote said Heritage Pointe Parkway intersects Rockaway Road near the crest of a hill. Due to the vertical curvature of Rockaway Road, intersection sight distance from Heritage Pointe Parkway is controlled in both directions by the surface of the roadway.

Handley said Senoia would be participating in the cost of the intersection improvements.

Report data noted the dramatic increase in traffic over the past few years.