Per a request from Powder Springs Mayor Pat Vaughn, traffic engineers with Croy Engineering in Marietta conducted a traffic study at the intersection last fall to see if the road, located near the entrance of Villas of Seven Springs West Cobb, warranted a traffic signal.
Vaughn said residents have been asking her for years to install a traffic signal in the area, just east of the new Powder Springs Police Station.
"Many of them like to walk and cross the street to the trail," Vaughn said.
Residents have to cross Richard D. Sailors Parkway to walk on the Silver Comet Trail across the street from the retirement community on Villa Springs Circle off Lindley Road.
No injuries or fatalities have been reported at the intersection, Vaughn said.
Don Hicks, director of project services with Croy Engineering, said the company measured traffic through the intersection to determine if it was busy enough for a signal. Between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Oct. 14, 2010, they counted approximately 17,000 vehicles.
"Once a development goes in, that signal would be warranted," Hicks said. "There's not any specific number (that warrants a signal), it just depends on the increased traffic that would raise it to the point that it's possibly dangerous."
Until that time, Hicks recommends that residents use "common sense" and follow traffic rules.
Vaughn said Cobb DOT told her they would need to see higher traffic counts to install a traffic signal.
"They were right around the number needed, but if a development goes in, we'll have the numbers for sure," Vaughn said, noting that the area is "zoned and ready for commercial."
Vaughn said she thought a developer may be looking into building at the site, but Pam Conner, community development director for the City of Powder Springs, said she is unaware of any development plans for the area.
David Montanye, operations divisions manager with Cobb DOT, said his department also looked into a traffic signal at that intersection initially because the City of Powder Springs was interested in installing a light there. His department has not had any contact from residents, he said.
Montanye also said development in the area would warrant a signal.
"The signal would depend on the busyness of the senior community that accesses Richard D. Sailors at that location, but also the adjoining commercial development that was planned," Montanye said.