MILTON, GA., April 6, 2010 - Public Works Manager Roddy Motes cautions Milton motorists to drive safe and be patient when on city roads where crews are working.
Specifically, Motes warns drivers who encounter workers engaging in the city's edge of pavement maintenance program. The crews use a large piece of machinery known as a "motor grader" to remove the layer of grass or debris above the edge of pavement preventing water from exiting the roadway.
The motor grader's operating speed is between four and 10 miles per hour with occasional stops and back-ups, which will slow traffic. Motes said impatient drivers have been taking unnecessary risks by pulling around the motor grader on narrow, hilly or winding roads where visibility is less than adequate to ensure safe passing.
Milton's network of two lane roads also means the motor grader doesn't have many opportunities to pull off and let traffic pass. But a driver waiting that few extra minutes could mean the difference between arriving safely and hitting another motorist head-on.
"Please be patient," Motes said. "The motor grader operator will pull over when he can and let traffic pass."
Milton's edge of pavement maintenance program will be active city-wide through April 16. For more information, please call the Public Works Department at 678-242-2500.