(Orange, Texas)

July 15, 2013

Speed bumps not option for neighborhood street says council

Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

VIDOR — City councilmembers opted to take no action on a request by citizens for speed bumps on a city street at Thursday’s meeting.

Vidor City Council met during a regular scheduled meeting on Thursday and one of the main topics on the agenda was the discussion, and possible action, on a policy on speed bumps on public streets to deter speeding vehicles in neighborhoods.

A group of citizens residing on Beach Street, which is a small neighborhood road located off South Main in Vidor, approached city council recently about the possibility of adding “traffic calming” devices, such as speed bumps, to the street in an attempt to slow or deter non-residential motorists from traveling through their neighborhood, according to Mike Kunst, Vidor City Manager.

“Council asked to have some research done on the topic to see what, if anything, could be done to address this issue and what the related costs to such measures might be,” Kunst said. “We did a lot of research on this topic and even visited with officials in the City of Orange about it.”

Kunst said Chief Dave Shows “borrowed” a traffic survey device from the Port Arthur Police Department in an attempt to measure traffic on the small neighborhood road.

Beach Street is adjacent to South Main and can be utilized by non-residents attempting to bypass the Main Street area when traffic is heavy, such as before and after the work day, before and after school hours or when a slow moving train bottlenecks traffic at the KCS Railroad crossing connecting North Main and South Main Streets.

“Chief Shows reported to council during the meeting that his three-day survey specified the majority of vehicles traveling Beach Street were in compliance of speed limit through the neighborhood,” Kunst added. “And he meant like 97 percent of the vehicles. Very few were really driving too much over the speed limit.”

Based on the information provided by Shows, along with the costs associated with the creation of such a policy for the city, council opted not to approve the policy at this time.