ROME/FLOYD COUNTY/CAVE SPRING
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Local Transportation Planning
Floyd County and the City of Rome initiated a transportation planning process in 1969. However, the process was not subject to federal regulations until 1983, when the area was designated as an urbanized area following release of the 1980 Census data. The Floyd-Rome Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) was organized to predict and plan for future transportation needs. Following the release of population figures from the 2000 Census, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) staff recommended that the boundaries of the area be expanded to include all of the land within Floyd County, including the City of Cave Spring. Expansion of the Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA) boundaries was approved by the Transportation Policy Committee (TPC) in 2003. Since 1983, the Rome – Floyd County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has participated in the “3C” (continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive) planning process, established by the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1962.
Although no Interstate highway lies within the MPA, two federal, and eight state highway routes and numerous local streets/roads traverse the county. Additionally, Floyd County and the City of Rome are located within the geographic triangle formed by I-75, I-20 and I-59, which connects Atlanta, Georgia; Birmingham, Alabama; and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Access to these Interstate highways from Floyd County is provided by U.S. highways 27 and 411 and Georgia Highways 20, 53 and 140.
Floyd County-Rome Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
Organizationally, the MPO structure consists of three committees. These are the Transportation Policy Committee (TPC), the Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC), and the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). The agency responsible for the planning process is the Rome-Floyd County Planning Department, which is the designated MPO. Technical support is provided by the Georgia Department of Transportation, particularly the Office of Planning and the Office of Intermodal Programs. Oversight of the process is provided by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
Transportation Policy Committee (TPC)
The membership of the TPC is comprised of elected officials and managers of the local governing bodies, representative members of the CAC and the Rome-Floyd Planning Commission, and representatives of the GDOT. The TPC sets priorities for maintenance, improvement and expansion of the overall, multi-modal transportation network; and makes final decisions on transportation planning, policy and programming.
Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC)
The TCC is comprised of staff from the local governing bodies, the GDOT, and the FHWA. The duties of the TCC are technical in nature, and include reviewing projects and making recommendations to the TPC.
Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
The CAC is a citizens group that reviews projects from the citizens’ point of view and makes recommendations to the TPC. Members of this committee also assist MPO staff with public events.
Flashing Yellow Arrow
Georgia DOT is now installing “Flashing Yellow Arrow” signals across the state, including here in Floyd County. This traffic signal includes a flashing yellow arrow that means drivers can turn left after yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians (oncoming traffic still has the green light).
Watch an informative video here: Flashing Yellow Light
Recap: Solid Green Arrow - Ok to turn left; oncoming traffic must stop.
Flashing Yellow Arrow - Ok to turn left after yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.
Solid Yellow Arrow - Prepare to stop or clear intersection before solid red arrow appears.
Solid Red Arrow - STOP - no turn allowed.
Documents● Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)