COLUMBIA —After five years and two petitions, the city put in four new speed bumps Aug. 12 to slow vehicles on Alexander Avenue and discourage outside traffic. Workers reinstalled two speed bumps that had been paved over and put in a new bump at each end of the street.
However, neighborhood residents are not convinced the measure was effective. .
The two original speed bumps “seem very effective,” said resident Ginny Chadwick, who helped with the first petition drive. “Now I’m concerned that the two new ones are going to be low like the first round of bumps. We were hoping for something more traffic calming.”
The Public Works Department plans to raise the lower speed bumps.
“There is likely another lift of asphalt needed,” said Scott Bitterman, supervising traffic engineer for the city.
Residents hope that whatever steps are taken are done so to promote the most caution possible.
“You should feel safe walking down the street," resident Chad Canfield said. "The whole idea is that it is a residential street. That is the way we want it to be."
What do you think should be done to reduce speeding on neighborhood roads such as Alexander Avenue?