Tyrone Road may get a roundabout

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One of two options proposed to improve the current 4-way stop at Tyrone Road and Flat Creek Trail in central Fayette County. Graphic/Fayette County Commission.
One of two options proposed to improve the current 4-way stop at Tyrone Road and Flat Creek Trail in central Fayette County. Graphic/Fayette County Commission.

Fayette Commission approves moving ahead with changes to two intersections on Tyrone Road — 

<b>Proposed improvement for the Ga. Highway 54 intersection with Tyrone Road between Peachtree City and Fayetteville. Graphic/Fayette County Commission.</b>
Proposed improvement for the Ga. Highway 54 intersection with Tyrone Road between Peachtree City and Fayetteville. Graphic/Fayette County Commission.

The Fayette County Commission on Aug. 13 unanimously authorized the development of a conceptual design for intersection improvements along Tyrone Road at Ga. Highway 54 and at Flat Creek Trail.

Though efforts will be made to secure possible federal corridor improvement funding for the projects, 2017 SPLOST (special purpose local option sales tax) revenues are approved, if needed, for the projects.

The two projects include intersection improvements to Tyrone Road at Hwy. 54 and Tyrone Road at Flat Creek Trail, and are among a number of roadway projects being explored, including for assistance through federal funding.

As it stands today, the intersection at Hwy. 54 has an inadequate capacity queue for turning onto the highway heading east, has poor geometry for trucks turning movements, high volumes of traffic and high crash rates and a need for improved pedestrian crosswalks.

Among the improvements at the intersection at Hwy. 54 would be a second left turn lane from Tyrone Road onto the highway, improved geometry for truck traffic and improved pedestrian crossings.

The improvements could total $700,000 and will include design, permits, right-of-way acquisition, construction and project oversight.

The second project will bring improvements to the intersection of Tyrone road and Flat Creek Trail less than a mile away, and could take one of two forms — with a traffic signal or with a roundabout.

<b>One of two options for improving the intersection of Tyrone Road with Flat Creek Trail is a traffic signal. Graphic/Fayette County Commission.</b>
One of two options for improving the intersection of Tyrone Road with Flat Creek Trail is a traffic signal. Graphic/Fayette County Commission.

The current issues at the intersection include long queues at the all-way stop, a low level of service for vehicular traffic, a volume of 14,000 vehicles per day and 21 crashes within a 6.5-year period.

Improvements at the intersection will be based on further study, with a roundabout costing more than a signalized intersection.

If the intersection gets a traffic signal, it will also be outfitted with left turn lanes on all sides of the intersection.

The cost of the project could be up to $2.2 million, which will include design, permits, right-of-way acquisition, construction and project oversight.

The projects will return to the commission for a final decision once the design phase is complete and cost estimates are secured.