PRESS RELEASE

CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA (May 7, 2024) – Cherokee County, along with the cities of Canton, Woodstock, Holly Springs, and Ball Ground, have begun development of a Safety Action Plan, geared at eliminating fatalities and serious injuries on Cherokee County’s roadways.

The plan is supported by the federal Safe Streets and Roads for All grant program administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), and the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners approved a design services agreement with Pond & Company in March to prepare the action plan.

Built on robust data analysis and public input, the Safety Action Plan will outline strategies for the county, cities, and key partners to work together to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries on the roadways throughout Cherokee County.

A community survey is open at https://planningatpond.com/cherokee_ss4a for community members to share their insights to help shape the plan. A map activity also is available on the website, allowing stakeholders to denote where they would like to see roadways safety improvements. The survey and map will remain open through the end of August.

In addition to the survey and map activity options, comments can be shared directly with the Safety Action Plan Project Team via the plan website or by contacting Brantley Day, Community Development Agency Director at bday@cherokeega.com.

The USDOT’s Safe Streets and Roads for All program includes grant funding for both planning and implementation projects. Action Plan grants assist communities that do not currently have a roadway safety plan in place to reduce roadway fatalities by laying the groundwork for a comprehensive set of actions. Implementation grants provide funding for communities to implement strategies and projects that will reduce or eliminate transportation-related fatalities and serious injuries.

The Safety Action Plan will be developed through three major project phases. Public meetings will be held later this year coinciding with completion of Phase 1: Data Collection & Existing Conditions Assessment (anticipated in August 2024) and Phase 2: Develop Action Plan (anticipated in November 2024). The final phase, Phase 3: Plan & Adopt, is expected to be completed in April 2025. Interim planning documents will be posted to the project website to keep the community informed of the process.

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