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In 2002 I wrote an article on the number of red lights in Fayette County at that time. I got an unkind email from someone slapping me on the wrist for missing one in Fayetteville. Towns and cities can have red lights owned and maintained by that particular municipality. I was only discussing ones owned by the Georgia Department of Transportation and so as to not receive another unkind email because, well, they are unkind, I will differentiate them this time.

If you can remember when there were not any red traffic lights in Fayette County, then you were here before 1967.

The first red light went up and was up and maintained by the Georgia Department of Transportation at the intersections of Highways 54 and 85 in Fayetteville in 1967. At that time Highway 54 was a two-way street. Today there are two maintained by the city and 18 maintained by the state transportation department. The last study shows approximately 70,000 cars a day coming and going under the lights at the intersection of 54 and 85 in Fayetteville.

The first red light in Peachtree City was at the intersection of Highways 54 and 74 and in 2002 approximately 25,000 cars a day came and went under that light.

In 2016 there are 22 red light signals in the city, and the city maintains two itself.

I surely don’t want to leave the town of Tyrone out of the equation here, but the lights at Tyrone Road, Dogwood Trail, St. Andrews and Jenkins Road along Highway 74 North are not technically in the town itself but are maintained by the state transportation department.

In 1967 the population in Fayette County at the time of the first red light was 8,000 and in 2002 the county population was 93,000 folks.

In 2016 the population is estimated at 112,000 and the county has a total of 78 red stop lights maintained by the state transportation in the county, up from 55 red lights 14 years ago.

I am on a committee making plans for the 50th anniversary of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce next January.

We are searching for former chairmen and I would like to find David Carnes. I know he moved away for a few years but the last I knew, he had moved back to Fayetteville. David I hope you see this and give me a call at 770-461-7152.In 2002 I wrote an article on the number of red lights in Fayette County at that time. I got an unkind email from someone slapping me on the wrist for missing one in Fayetteville. Towns and cities can have red lights owned and maintained by that particular municipality. I was only discussing ones owned by the Georgia Department of Transportation and so as to not receive another unkind email because, well, they are unkind, I will differentiate them this time.

If you can remember when there were not any red traffic lights in Fayette County, then you were here before 1967.

The first red light went up and was up and maintained by the Georgia Department of Transportation at the intersections of Highways 54 and 85 in Fayetteville in 1967. At that time Highway 54 was a two-way street. Today there are two maintained by the city and 18 maintained by the state transportation department. The last study reflected shows approximately 70,000 cars a day coming and going under the lights at the intersection of 54 and 85 in Fayetteville.

The first red light in Peachtree City was at the intersection of Highways 54 and 74 and in 2002 approximately 25,000 cars a day came and went under that light. In 2016 there are 22 red light signals in the city, and the city maintains two itself.

I surely don’t want to leave the Town of Tyrone out of the equation here, but the lights at Tyrone Road, Dogwood Trail, St. Andrews and Jenkins Road along Highway 74 North are not technically in the town itself but are maintained by the state transportation department.

In 1967 the population in Fayette County at the time of the first red light was 8,000 and in 2002 the county population was 93,000 folks. In 2016 the population is estimated at 112,000 and the county has a total of 78 red stop lights maintained by the state transportation in the county, up from 55 red lights 14 years ago.

I am on a committee making plans for the 50th anniversary of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce next January. We are searching for former chairmen and I would like to find David Carnes. I know he moved away for a few years but the last I knew, he had moved back to Fayetteville. David I hope you see this and give me a call at 770-461-7152.