Intersection where mother and unborn child died to become three-way stop
by Joshua Sharpe
June 06, 2014 04:00 AM | 2567 views | 2 2 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Commissioners are moving forward with plans to improve safety at a Woodstock-area intersection where a 26-year-old Acworth woman was in a fatal wreck along with her unborn baby girl on Jan. 11. ‘I promised these people we were going to do this,’ Commissioner Jason Nelms said after the meeting. ‘This has been a tough one. This has been hard on my heart. Sixty days ago (they) had my word I was going to do something, and I think this is the most cost-effective, safest thing we could do.’ Above: Tiffany Robbins’ sister-in-law, Dana Thompson, mother-in-law, Jane Rogers, and aunt, Judy Beale, recall the events of the wreck at the intersection in February. <br>Staff/file
Commissioners are moving forward with plans to improve safety at a Woodstock-area intersection where a 26-year-old Acworth woman was in a fatal wreck along with her unborn baby girl on Jan. 11. ‘I promised these people we were going to do this,’ Commissioner Jason Nelms said after the meeting. ‘This has been a tough one. This has been hard on my heart. Sixty days ago (they) had my word I was going to do something, and I think this is the most cost-effective, safest thing we could do.’ Above: Tiffany Robbins’ sister-in-law, Dana Thompson, mother-in-law, Jane Rogers, and aunt, Judy Beale, recall the events of the wreck at the intersection in February.
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CANTON — The Cherokee Board of Commissioners has granted the wish of a mourning family to improve conditions at the intersection where a 26-year-old Acworth woman died in January after a wreck, along with her unborn baby girl.

Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved making the skewed intersection of Woodstock Road and Victory Drive a three-way stop, at the request of the family of Tiffany Robbins.

A recently completed third-party study recommended a roundabout — which is being planned for the future — but the stop signs are going up in the meantime.

At the suggestion of Commissioner Jason Nelms, who represents the area not far from Hobgood Park, the spot will also be named for Robbins, a homemaker and an Etowah High graduate, who left behind her husband, Anthony Robbins, and their 2-year-old daughter, Malaya.

“I promised these people we were going to do this,” Nelms said after the meeting. “This has been a tough one. This has been hard on my heart. Sixty days ago (they) had my word I was going to do something, and I think this is the most cost-effective, safest thing we could do.”

Robbins’ aunt, Judy Beale, who led the charge to make the changes, said the family was comforted the county heard their cries for action.

“I think that with them acting and with them hearing our pleas, it gives us a little bit of closure,” Beale said. “If it will save me or you or other family members, then we’ve done our duty to Tiffany’s memory. This is being done to save other people, other children and other family members, because we hurt every single day. Anthony and Malaya, they drive past that intersection four or five times a day.”

Beale and other members of Robbins’ family began pushing the county to add two stop signs at the intersection where, authorities said, the 26-year-old drove into the path of a pickup. She died at the hospital later the same day. The other driver wasn’t charged. An emergency Cesarean section wasn’t able to save the baby, authorities said.

In March, commissioners approved hiring research firm Kimley-Horn & Associates for $10,900 to perform a study into the best solutions to improve the intersection.

Nelms said the results came back recommending the roundabout, which is being planned for a future date as Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax dollars allow. In the meantime, he said the county wanted to put up the stop signs to be proactive in addressing the safety concerns.

“The cost will be three stop signs,” he added. “We may have three stop signs in the barn now. There may not be any cost, other than labor to put them up.”

A small cost to help the family, Nelms said.

Also, during the meeting, the commission:

• Unanimously approved a grant of $40,736 for the DUI and drug treatment court, with a 10 percent local match;

• Unanimously approved a grant for state accountability court in the amount of $112,693, with a 10 percent local match;

• Voted unanimously to pay $149,800 to Reynolds-Warren Equipment Co. for an asphalt distributor for the roads and bridges department, with the money coming from Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenues;

• Unanimously approved paying Wade Ford $55,829 for a 2015 Ford F-750XL fuel/service truck for the roads and bridges department;

• Voted unanimously to give a contract to Kenneth Nix in the amount of $46,147 for the design and construction of a 2.3-mile bike and running trail around the Roger D. Garrison Law Enforcement Training Center;

• Voted unanimously to sell the county’s trolley to the Woodstock Downtown Development Authority for $15,000; and

• Unanimously approved a construction contract with Lewallen Construction for the Woodstock Trails Bridge over Noonday Creek to connect the Woodstock Dog Park to Woodstock Trails in the total amount of $500,000.

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Sharon Hanawalt
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June 10, 2014
no one should ever have to DIE before our county government acts!!! be pro active NOT re active government,, if we as citizens can see the problems why don't you??? or do you and choose to ignore them because your greedy butt's don't want to spend the money to save even one life???

on that Stringer road needs a STOP LIGHT at both ends,, on 140 at Stringer Rd, and also at Hickory road & stringer road!!!! i have seen so many horrible crashes/accidents with severe injuries yet you all do nothing!! oh wait you do come out with your little ticker traffic crap, but you only do it when you know it's lower than normal traffic like when school is out or when there are no major activities at school, i expect you all to get off your butts and BECOME PRO ACTIVE!!
William667
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June 06, 2014
Land Rd at Upper/Lower Bethany sorely needs a stop sign as well - most dangerous fork/intersection I have ever seen w/o one.
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