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County government seeking info on Paulding traffic problems at Thursday meeting
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>Pre-construction manager Erica Parish shows a display that will be used at the meeting.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Pre-construction manager Erica Parish shows a display that will be used at the meeting.
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Paulding residents will get the chance Thursday, May 8, to tell transportation officials where changes are needed to improve traffic flow and safety in the county.

A public meeting is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Events Place in Hiram to share information and receive feedback on the county government’s Paulding Comprehensive Transportation Plan update.

County transportation officials are asking for feedback from county residents and others affected by the road system about the location of needed improvements and transportation challenges.

Paulding DOT Director Scott Greene said the key measure of success will be how involved the public is in helping the government update the plan.

“We need to know if the recommendations for moving our county forward make sense to our citizens,” he said.

Erica Parish, pre-construction division manager for the Paulding DOT, said a report on existing conditions already includes traffic volume and crash data. Now, officials need “input from the citizens in the county, or those who travel through the county, who may know areas that need some attention,” she said.

“Computers and counters don’t really tell the story like someone who travels around every day or who is in a community every day,” Parish said.

Those types of motorists likely can give more accurate information on traffic patterns or unsafe intersections, as well as roads that need to be widened, she said.

The plan covers unincorporated Paulding County and the cities of Dallas, Hiram and Braswell. Presentations will be made at 5:45 p.m. and again at 6:45 p.m., officials said.

The planning program assists local governments by defining countywide transportation goals, needs, and priorities. Parish said the plan includes all public roads, including those maintained by both the state and county.

Those wishing to comment may also send emails to contact@peqatl.com.

IF YOU GO:

What: Comprehensive Transportation Plan update

Where: The Events Place, 855 Hiram-Douglasville Hwy., Hiram, directly across the street from Ben Hill Strickland Sr. Memorial Park

When: May 8, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Information: www.pauldingctp.us

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