Confused by some yield road signs in Forsyth County? The Commissioners are seeking to correct this.
County manager Eric Johnson said he believed the unique placement of the sign was initially approved as a compromise for turns too far from a traffic light and those using the signal.
“We have some that are so close to the intersection that I think people are wondering if you’re still going far enough in the original direction that you can see the intersection and see the red light or the green light and see the oncoming car relative to you. so clearly far away that you need a traffic sign to give in to anyone who might come by, ”Johnson said. “We have some, I think, probably in between, where people can look at the same situation and judge differently whether or not the signs of performance are necessary. “
It appears the whole community is not against red light signs, and District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills said a voter expressed frustration after the signs were removed from Hammond’s Crossing and from Bannister Road.
“We took the giving way sign down at Bannister Road and people called me over and over and said, ‘Why did the giving way sign disappear at Bannister Road? Now we’re scared of getting hit all the time when we’re filming there, ”Mills said. “People who have lived here for a long time are used to signposts, they are used to being there.
Semanson said there was a meeting last year with county officials, Georgia Department of Transportation officials and District 25 State Representative Todd Jones where the signs were discussed at length. .
She said as a result of that meeting, a concrete island for the sign was added to the road, which was later removed. Semanson said she believes the sign should have been removed.
“Here’s the problem, you should never give in to someone turning left in front of you; you give in to the transformation of existing traffic, ”Semanson said.
District 3 Commissioner Todd Levent also spoke about the issues of oncoming drivers turning left on the same road as those at the giving way sign.
“How do you know they have a sign of yield?” You can’t see it, you see the back of something, ”he said. “How do you know they’re going to give in to you?” “
“You don’t,” Semanson replied.
Forsyth County Engineering Director John Cunard said the county has focused and will continue to focus only on signposting intersections with concrete islands and removing others.
Unmarked intersections may also have signs if there is a striped island.
He recommended that the public contact the county regarding any sign without islands at traffic light intersections.
“All signposted intersections are functioning properly,” he said. “They either have a stop bar and no traffic sign if the intersection controls it or there is at least one 75 square foot concrete island. This has all been fixed.
“But at unmarked intersections, they meet our standards if they have an island and a traffic sign. If we have some there that don’t have an island, we recommend that you move them.