The Georgia Department of Transportation announced last week that the speed limit on State Route 15/U.S. 441 in Jackson and Banks counties will be raised to 65 miles per hour effective Tuesday, June 17.
“After an engineering study on the corridor, data supports the change, as most drivers are driving at 65 mph or faster,” explained Bayne Smith, Georgia DOT district engineer. “Keeping traffic flowing at a consistent speed will increase safety along the corridor. We looked specifically at crash data and the geometry of the roadway. Crash data nor the curves in the route prohibited this change to the speed limit.”
The change affects a 25-mile long section of U.S 441 from Newton Bridge Road at the Athens-Clarke end north through Jackson and Banks counties to south of Old U.S. 441 except within city limits and commercial areas.
All of the U.S. 441 bypass of Commerce is in the city limits of Commerce, so the change announced by the DOT will not affect that part of the roadway. Nor will the DOT’s proposal increase the speed limit in Nicholson, or the speed limit at Banks Crossing.