LAWRENCEVILLE — When a local business owner contacted Jace Brooks about concerns that people were continually speeding around a curve, often ending up striking cars in the parking lot, the commissioner started to look for solutions.
And while the Gwinnett Department of Transportation added signs and even rumble strips, Brooks’ hopes to lower the speed limit on Sawmill Drive in Suwanee were unsuccessful last week.
“I was disappointed that we couldn’t get it lowered,” Brooks said of the vote last week that set the county’s new speed ordinance, lowering the official speed limit on 12 streets and raising it on one.
“But the state is where you have to get permission,” he added. “If you don’t have the state’s approval, we couldn’t run radar (for police checks) on it.”
Every three years, Gwinnett updates its speed zones, said DOT Director Kim Conroy. As is common, the majority of the changes this time around came from new neighborhood streets added to the official ordinance.
For existing streets, the process of changing the speed limit is complicated.