SOURCE: Traffic Logix

Traffic Logix

June 03, 2009 12:04 ET

When Cars Began Speeding on Former Country Road, Traffic Logix Traffic Calming Solutions Were Called to the Rescue

ALEXANDRIA, KY--(Marketwire - June 3, 2009) - Constable Drive in Alexandria, Kentucky used to be a quiet two lane country road that provided access to local farmlands. In recent years, the farms were sold off and residential subdivisions replaced them. Over 400 homes are located off Constable, which remains a narrow rural road. In the summer time, the Drive is a popular spot for walking, running, and biking. The country road has no curbing or gutters and only partial sidewalks. Despite the speed limit of 20 mph, the average vehicle speed was nearly double that at 38 mph. When residents began to complain about the speeding, Alexandria officials realized it was time for intervention.

Alexandria Police Chief Mike Ward began doing research by visiting England and Scotland to see how they calm traffic on their roads. He observed the use of traffic calming devices such as speed cushions to control traffic without exerting continuous manpower and avoiding the negativity of citations. When Chief Ward looked online for a comparative American product, he discovered the Traffic Logix rubber speed cushions. Constructed of recycled tires salvaged from US landfills, the speed cushions are installed as a series of small speed humps across the width of a road. When the Police Chief contacted the company for references, he was pleased with the reports of excellent performance he got from cities that had used the cushions on their roads.

The speed cushions were initially installed in 3 sets of 2 on Constable Drive. An additional 11 cushions were recently installed on Panorama Drive and Breckenridge Drive, two additional local thoroughfares that were experiencing speeding issues. The city chose the rubber cushions over more traditional humps for several reasons, including the less jarring drive, uniform and predictable profile, and the compatibility with emergency vehicles. Firetrucks and life squads can straddle the speed cushions instead of riding on them, and the smoother drive allows medics to continue their work uninterrupted. The fire department tested the cushions before they were installed and gave them their approval.

When asked what he liked about the cushions, Chief Ward commented on their durability, effectiveness, excellent visibility, and simple installation and removability. He noted that the public works department particularly liked the ease of installation as they remove the cushions in October to avoid snow plow damage and put them back down in April.

Formerly, the stretch of road was constantly manned by police. The average citation was over $160. "We felt bad taking people's money," said Police Chief Mike Ward. "The cushions were an affordable solution that provided 24/7 speed control." Since the speed cushions were installed, the average speed was reduced from 38 to 28 mph.

At a recent council meeting, residents thanked the city for installing the rubber speed cushions. One resident, who publicly thanked the council, police department, and public works department for installing the speed cushions, summed it up well, saying "they sure have made a difference."

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