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Midland drivers may soon have to get over the hump

Greg Massé

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Taking a ride along Midland Avenue soon could become a bumpier – or humpier – experience. City Councilman Larry Beckwith, at the behest of constituents in his district, plans to make a request at tonight’s City Council meeting that the city install speed humps on that thoroughfare between Eighth and 27th streets. Beckwith said he’s received a lot of complaints from residents of Midland Avenue – which is also where Beckwith happens to live – that vehicles speed down the street, making it difficult for them to exit their driveways and creating a generally dangerous situation. Speed bumps are jagged and create a jolt unless crossed at extremely slow speeds. Their cousin, the speed hump, is not as high and is longer. This combination, Beckwith said, allows drivers who travel at the posted speed limit of 25 mph to drive over the humps practically without noticing they’re there. “Midland is smooth and comfortable to drive, and we want to continue that,” he said. “You can take (a speed hump) at 30 miles per hour and it’s still no problem. But if you go faster than that, you’ll feel a bump.”Beckwith said the amount of traffic that speeds down Midland Avenue each day is reason enough to install the humps. Add that to the additional traffic expected when the stores at Glenwood Meadows open and Beckwith says the humps will become even more important. “It’s s easy to get up to 40 or 45 mph on that road,” he said. “But if there was a reminder, it’s something that can be a speed control.”Glenwood Springs city engineer Larry Thompson said his department currently has no policy on the use of speed humps and other traffic-calming measures on record. But with more and more requests for bumps, humps, roundabouts and other traffic-calming measures, Thompson said it might be time to create such a policy. “We think we should do that before we handle any more individual requests,” he said. New Glenwood Springs city manager Jeff Hecksel said that while he hasn’t yet been able to look into the local history of such traffic-control measures, he’s seen varying effects elsewhere. “I’ve been in places where they’ve installed these thing and they didn’t work,” he said. He said unless such ideas are carefully considered, a city can potentially waste money on both the installation, then the eventual removal, of traffic-calming measures. Also on the agenda, City Council will:• Congratulate Michael Corson, Eagle Scout• Discuss Re-1’s proposed mill levy ballot question• Consider a housing trust fund intergovernmental agreement• Hold a public hearing on the 2005 city budget• Consider adoption of new Community Center fees• Consider a recommendation by Greyhound Bus Lines for a new bus stop• Consider Victims Assistance Law Enforcement (VALE) Board disbursementsContact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext. 511gmasse@postindependent.comGlenwood Springs City Council regular meeting101 W. 8th Street6:30 p.m.

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