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Signs, striping set for Rome

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Work is slated to get underway this year on a driving safety improvement project covering nearly 13 miles of roadway in the city of Rome.

Peek Pavement Marking, LLC, has through the end of August to complete the $141,653.46 contract funded through the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Off-System Safety Program.

Crews will be installing new signs, striping and pavement markings in various locations along Reservoir Street and Dodd Boulevard. In the West Rome area, they’ll be targeting spots on Lavender Drive, Redmond Road, John Davenport Drive, Technology Parkway, Huffaker Road and Garden Lakes Parkway.

“Off-system or local roads account for approximately 45 percent of Georgia’s motor vehicle fatalities,” GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry said when the contract was awarded. “Reducing these statewide numbers requires a significant investment to enhance safety on local streets and roads. I am pleased that we can assist with the funding for these very critical projects.”

The Rome work is part of a $1.6 million contract announced last summer for seven Northwest Georgia counties, including Chattooga, Gordon, Catoosa, Carroll, Murray and Paulding.

Under the OSS program, funding is allocated based on crash summaries instead of evenly distributed among congressional districts. As of Friday, the Rome Police Department had submitted 2,463 crash reports for 2017 into the Georgia Electronic Accident Reporting System.