Albany business responds to speed increase proposal on Philema Road

Updated: Dec. 1, 2020 at 6:55 PM EST
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is proposing a speed limit increase from mile marker 15 in Dougherty County to the Lee County line.

They are suggesting an increase from 45 to 55 mph.

Michael Oliva is the administrator of the Moose Lodge in Albany.

He said there’s a difference between a speed concern and a safety concern.

Michael Oliva said there's a difference between a speed concern and a safety concern.
Michael Oliva said there's a difference between a speed concern and a safety concern.(WALB)

The Moose Lodge’s driveway comes out just before mile marker 15. That’s where the speed limit change could take effect if Dougherty County Commissioners approve it on Monday.

GDOT found that increasing the speed limit for the 1.18 miles into Lee County would bring the area into compliance with state regulations.

Oliva said the speed change could present a hazard to their members.

“I understand the whole concept of everybody getting speeding tickets and so on, and so on. That’s not necessarily the issue that, especially my members, find. We have campgrounds on site as well, so when you’re pulling out a big camper. If you’re pulling out and it’s 55 miles an hour, it’s just gonna be that more difficult to pull out what a big camper, as well as pulling in with a big camper. So, those are the concerns basically that the membership has,” said Oliva.

Oliva has reached out to his county commissioner about the issue.

Dougherty County Commissioners will vote on this change at their next voting session on Dec. 7.

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