Motorists will soon need to be more careful while driving on Upper Dowda Mill Road, as the county is preparing to install a set of speed bumps along the road.

Cherokee County Community Development Agency Director Geoffrey Morton said the county will be installing six speed bumps along a 0.65 mile length of the road between Lower Dowda Mill Road and the Pickens County line. This action came about as a result of citizens in the area submitting a petiton to the county to have 11 such speed bumps installed on Upper Dowda Mill Road in order to help control traffic there.

According to Morton, both the county engineering department and Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services reviewed the request brought forth before deciding to reduce the number of speed bumps to be installed from 11 to six.

“Speed humps increase response time for emergency services,” Morton said. “The number of speed humps was reduced from 11 to six in order to minimize the negative impact to response time.”

With the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners approving the installation of speed bumps on Upper Dowda Mill Road at its most recent meeting, Morton said the county is moving forward and believed they would be installed within the next 30 to 60 days.

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