Speed humps make it past City Council – again
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Members of City Council bumped heads Thursday night on the effectiveness of placing speed humps along south Midland Avenue. But in the end, council decided to stay with the humps by a margin of 4-3. After reading a report by the city engineer that the humps – which are supposed to slow down traffic speeds on the street – might not work as they’re intended, three council members urged their counterparts to rethink the idea. “I think we’re rushing into this,” Councilman Dan Richardson said. “To me, that’s not the way you manage a city.”Richardson also expressed concern that the speed humps could force traffic onto streets in the downtown area. “We don’t know how much traffic we’ll have,” he said. Councilman Bruce Christensen suggested delaying the construction of speed humps until after the city devises a traffic control device plan for the whole city. Councilman Larry Beckwith, who lives on Midland in the area where the speed humps would be installed and proposed that they be installed, said he was disappointed that his fellow council members were revisiting the idea. “We’re trying to backslide on what we decided to do,” he said. “We approved them and we’re supposed to be starting on those things.”Councilmen Dave Merritt and Joe O’Donnell agreed with Beckwith, saying the humps would provide a good test and could help slow traffic on the street. “Midland is a winding street with high volume. We’ve got to do something to slow them down,” O’Donnell said. But Mayor Larry Emery said he was amazed at the way council pushed the proposal through, then defended it even when new information indicated the humps might not work. “The goal in the end is to make Midland as safe as it can be, not to ram something through as quickly as we can,” he said. “That’s just embarrassing. You should be ashamed you’re not doing anything to make it safer.”Although the humps were approved for a second time, they might not be installed until the spring because the coming cold weather will soon bring the end of paving season.Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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