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Public Works

The Public Works Department is dedicated to providing the City of Milton with a reliable public infrastructure system that protects the safety, health and welfare of the citizens.

It is responsible for the maintenance of streets, sidewalks, traffic signs and signals, bridges and storm drainage systems within the public right-of-way.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is "Right of Way"?

"Right of Way" refers to publicly owned and maintained areas for access, such as roads and easements.

What's allowed on public roads? Horses? Go-carts? Tractors? Golf carts?

The Georgia Department of Driver Services and Milton Police Department set which vehicles are street-legal. Bicycles and runners/walkers have a few options. For more information, check out the GA Bike Sense Manual. Farm equipment is allowed for short trips. Horses are preferred on marked trails during daylight hours (see Milton's Right of Way ordinance and information regarding the Milton Trail). Golf carts are not street-legal in Milton.

When it comes to roads and traffic, who is responsible for what?

Milton:

  • Non-state route pavement, grading unpaved roads, replacing gravel on gravel roads
  • Curbs and gutters, sidewalks within the right-of-way
  • Signals, striping, road signage
  • Clear zone and sight triangle tree maintenance (drivers need unobstructed horizontal and vertical views within what is called the sight distance triangle to be able to see oncoming traffic from any direction) 
  • City limit signs
  • Responding to any traffic signal that is out
  • Communicating with Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) District 7 maintenance crews
  • Enforcing Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices traffic control rules
  • Driveway pans (connection to the main road for paved roads), roadside ditches

GDOT:

  • Maintaining state route (only Ga. 372, Ga. 9, and Ga. 140) pavement, curbs and gutters, sidewalks within the right-of-way
  • Signals, striping, road signage on state routes

You:

  • Items on your property (generally not in the right of way), including mailbox, driveway, masonry driveway entrance pillars/gate, home/business, parking lot, pool, tennis courts/other recreation items, fences, walls and additional sidewalks
  • Keeping bushes/trees where you can safely enter/exit your driveway
  • Mow the right-of-way in front of your property
  • Trim bushes/trees from street signs on your property (i.e. stop signs)
  • Wash street sign on your property (twice annually with water and paper towel to maintain reflectivity)
  • Adhere to the speed limit
  • Stop for pedestrians
  • Curb your dog
  • Be involved in your HOA
  • Keep checking back to the city's Web site for more ways on how you can be involved!