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Adding Speed Bumps

Discussion in 'Broadlands Community Issues' started by CapsFan2015, Feb 27, 2017.

  1. CapsFan2015

    CapsFan2015 New Member

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    Does anyone know the process for how to request speed bumps for the side streets off of Claiborne? More specifically, the Southern Walk area?

    I know this may be hitting a nerve with those who don't want to be inconvenienced by slowing down - but far too often I see folks turning on to Village and Milford (and other streets too) and barely slow down from the 45mph (or faster) they do on Claiborne.

    As the father of two small children who are just beginning to explore and play outside, this is pretty terrifying! It only takes one ball rolling in the street for a serious accident to occur. All of the street parking that obscure views and force cars to one-lane also appear to be a real danger (but that will be a convo for a different post).

    Again, I know speed bumps really suck - but they do a great job protecting kids at play. Those bright green, plastic kid-looking "children at play" signs with the orange flag don't appear to do much as many neighbors have them but they don't slow traffic. It seems as though we need something more substantial.

    I am hoping to start a larger dialogue here. Maybe this has been brought up before? Would love some thoughts on how to proceed.

    Thanks and drive safe!
     
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  2. Capricorn1964

    Capricorn1964 Active Member

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    I'm with you on this.

    Did you know that the Village of Waxpool did put in several speed bumps in their neighborhood?

    I don't understand why we cannot have them on Ridgeway Drive because some cars routinely speed along that long winding road going up the hill or down from the hill. (Additionally, some folks that live in Village of Waxpool do speed down our road on the way home to Village of Waxpool as I have seen them turn into that area from our road. I fear that someone is going to go too fast and accidentally hit some smaller kids along that road plus we do have kids who ride on bikes on that road.

    Can anyone shed some light as to why Village of Waxpool is allowed to have speed bumps on their roads but not on ours??? This doesn't seem right here.

    Thanks!
     
  3. KTdid

    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    If the street is maintained by the association then I think they will consider it on a case by case. At least that is what I recall in the earlier years.

    Correction: the previous discussion involved shopping center parking lots.
     
  4. GenericEric

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    If you run into opposition to speed bumps, you may also try contacting your BoS rep or the sheriff's office directly and ask for some focused enforcement. That can take the form of regular speed traps, increased officer patrols, a radar sign that displays driver speed, combination of all the above, etc. Not as much of a permanent solution, but after people see a squad car a few times or get pulled over, they tend to slow down and would take less paperwork than the bumps.
     
  5. BarnesFamily

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    They did this on Demott (between Broadlands Blvd and Waxpool) and nothing changed. People still use it as a raceway. It is particularly concerning in the summer, considering the pool for very young children is right on Demott.
     
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    This was brought up during an HOA meeting about a year ago and the board said no, "they are a horror during snow removal."
     
  7. CapsFan2015

    CapsFan2015 New Member

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    That is really sad if that indeed is the case. Surely they can't prioritize the minor headache of "inconvenience during snow removal" over the safety of their community members/small children. If that was really said - did anybody argue or push back on how ridiculous that sounded?

    Thank you to all of those who commented here - I am going to pick this torch up and run with it and see how far I get. Hopefully we can come up with some solutions to keep our neighborhood roads safe!
     
  8. Capricorn1964

    Capricorn1964 Active Member

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    Board has no say in what goes on with VDOT maintained roads. The state can put in if compelling enough. I highly suspect that Village of Waxpool HOA owns the streets in their neighborhood which is why they put speed bumps in.

    Can anyone confirm that as a fact?
     
  9. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    VDOT has final say in speed bumps on VDOT streets. HOA has final say for speed bumps on HOA maintained streets.
    Village of Waxpool are VDOT streets.
     
  10. ibk

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    something really needs to be done. We have cars flying down Ridgeway and taking turns onto StoneHollow at well over the speed limit. Kids are playing there and folks try to cross the street from the path. I have heard several people comment on this. What can we do?
     
  11. CapsFan2015

    CapsFan2015 New Member

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    Milford Dr. off of Claiborne are HOA maintained streets, correct?
     
  12. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    The HOA got Ridgeway and Stone Hollow designated as additional $200 fine streets. Call the sheriff's office for patrols. You may have to call frequently to get them to do it.
     
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    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    I believe Milford is HOA maintained. Call the office to be sure.
     
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    Stand outside with your iPhone and take pictures or video and get their plate number. It's a temporary measure for sure but asking the police to monitor the situation is temporary too and doesn't guarantee an end to the speeding.
    I think the soft speed mounds should be allowed, at a minimum...even if there's a cost to remove for snow removal.
     
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    T8erman Well-Known Member

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    I live close to Milford and drive it just about every day and also walk our dog there too. I am sure there are some who speed but I rarely see anyone speeding. As for adding humps, I am against it due to the costs.
     
  17. CapsFan2015

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    As someone who actually lives on Milford Dr, I see speeders all the time. I am sure most people don't speed on Milford, but it only takes one to cause serious problems. And as others pointed out above, the speeding isn't limited just to Milford. These are residential streets with tons of kids living on them- should be a no-brainer to limit speed as best we can.

    I am just beginning this process. If there is a cost to those who live on Milford, I will walk around and poll people who actually live on this street to see if they would mind any cost to adding speed bumps and gauge there interest in adding them all together. Since you don't actually live on Milford, you shouldn't need to worry about any cost - since it obviously wouldn't impact you.
     
  18. BarnesFamily

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    Do you know how much the HOA spends on dog waste bags and stations? Thousands, annually. Heaven forbid owners use their own bags to pick up after their dogs. Perhaps that is money that could be used to increase the safety of our neighborhoods by installing speed bumps.
     
  19. Capricorn1964

    Capricorn1964 Active Member

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    It only takes ONE death to happen before some kind of action is taken....maybe never.
     
  20. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    For those of you passionate about this subject, I suggest you pursue your ideas with the HOA Board. As I mentioned, speed bumps are easier to install on HOA streets as opposed to VDOT. It can still possibly be done, but more difficult.
    Questions to answer:
    How many people really want this?
    How will it be paid for initially and for ongoing maintenance? HOA to pay for it and charge it to whole community? Only to those that live on private streets? Only to those that live on the street with the speed bumps?
    What if more people that use a street don't want speed bumps?
    Where exactly could they be installed?
     

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