Atlanta, Georgia - Road Statistics for Fulton County
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ROADS IN ATLANTA, FULTON COUNTY – BY THE NUMBERS
Atlanta being the traffic capital of Georgia, no one would be surprised
to learn that Atlanta has more accidents than any other city in Georgia.
In general, the larger (meaning broader, in terms of lanes) a road is,
the greater the number of accidents and injuries and deaths that occur
on that road. Highways are broader for a reason: they have more traffic,
and of course that generates more traffic accidents. Additionally, the
speed limit is higher on limited access highways, meaning that accidents
occur at greater speeds on highways than on surface streets within a city.
Atlanta’s roads see more tragedy because they are huge. On the DeKalb
County side of Atlanta, the state routes – which basically means
the large highways – average 5.5 lanes across. The Fulton County
state routes average even more lanes across – 5.8 lanes, in fact.
Fulton County’s county roads are just 2.1 lanes on average, meaning
they typically have just one lane in each direction. The city streets
average just over two lanes across, at 2.17 lanes, which accounts for
turn lanes at intersections and the rare three- or four-lane road.
Despite the fact that Fulton County has relatively few highway miles (143
highway miles versus 1214 miles of city streets), the traffic flows heavily
on the highways. State routes, meaning highways and interstates amount
to only 10.2% of the roads in the county – but carry 72.3% of the
traffic. By contrast, the city streets amount to 86.3% of all the miles
of roads in Atlanta on its Fulton County side, and yet only 26.2% of the
city’s daily traffic travels on the city roads.
The heavy traffic flowing on the highway corridors through Atlanta make
those roads particularly dangerous. Of the people who are seriously injured
or killed on car accidents on Atlanta roads in Fulton County, the majority
of them were injured or killed on the larger, state routes coursing through the city.
Very serious Atlanta car accidents occur on both sides of the county line.
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