Residents apply for traffic-calming help

  • Monday, May 5, 2014

Last fiscal year, $40,000 was allocated for traffic-calming installation. Residents were invited to submit applications. Thirteen were received. The task at hand was large according to Transportation Director Brad Morrison.

A review schedule prioritized Hobcaw Drive as being most crucial.

The minimum volume of 500 average daily traffic and a maximum of 4,000.

These residential streets are generally two lanes.

During data collections, officials looked for speed and volume.

The applications were then ranked.

Based upon this year's data collection efforts, there is only one area that meets the required program criteria, which is Hobcaw Drive. The result is likely three to four speed humps that will be installed.

Traffic analyzers were used to collect data and provides true driver behavior. These are very high-tech devices, Morrison said, and he's confident in their accuracy. By minute, they measure speed and volume and can decipher between cars and trucks. He said he had no concerns about the validity of the data.

Residents from other areas of the town, such as Cooper Estates, I'On and Shemwood, submitted applications, and many residents turned out to learn the results.

This program, created in 2000, is still a valid program, Morrison said.

He said the criteria is still legitimate and reasonable. Traffic-calming devises are designed to lower speed, he explained, not necessarily reduce traffic.

On York Street, for example, one resident said the speed was a major factor. He said there are no sidewalks and it is a smaller street.

Heather Erich of I'On questioned the criteria, asking why is there a maximum volume criteria when North Shelmore Drive has more than 7,000 cars travelling on it daily at 25 mph through shoots of 16 feet.

Morrison explained that the criteria follows national protocol.

Julie Hussey, who also lives on North Shelmore, said they live on an acceleration, de-acceleration-type street. She hoped there would be an opportunity to look at other traffic-calming measures.

On Cottingham, one resident had police arrive at his home to have cars removed from the street, while Pelzer Drive sees cars parked on the street Friday and Saturday evenings, each week.

More than 35 percent of the traffic on Cottingham is cut-through traffic. There are no sidewalks in this area.

Due to a full day of committee meetings, Mayor Linda Page, chairman of the transportation committee, asked that this issue be re-addressed. Council can change the town's eligibility map if they so desire, Morrison said.

Page said the discussion be taken as information so she can have talks with staff. She asked that further discussion take place in future meetings.

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