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October 29, 2013

Transportation Board tables traffic modifications

By BRIAN SMITH

Weatherford Transportation Advisory Board members Thursday evening tabled the decision to modify the city’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program, asking city staff to propose criteria for determining which neighborhoods get the benefit of speed reduction measures and who pays for it. 

The board is considering adding a section of Woodland Hills Drive to the pilot program, which has shown that radar signs have had an impact in controlling speed in the areas they have been tried. Residents of the Countrybrook and Silverstone neighborhoods have also expressed an interest in taking part in the plan.

Director of Public Works Manny Palacios said the signs themselves run between $1,500 and $2,500 for installation costs. 

Board member Brad Felmey questioned who should have to shoulder the cost. 

“I don’t like the idea of having people pay for something their taxes should cover,” Felmey said. “We need some criteria set up to determine who gets the signs and how they are paid for.”

Board members expressed agreement with Felmey’s sentiments. Board member Richard Simmons said if signs were purchased, they could be rotated among neighborhoods experiencing a speed problem.

“Neighborhoods that don’t have the means to afford signs can use the city signs,” Simmons said. “Others perhaps could purchase their own.”

Board members asked Palacios to come back to the next meeting, set for Jan. 16, with a plan on how signs would be used and who would pay for them.

Speed bumps on portions of Highlake Lane will remain in place, the board was told. 

Palacios said the speed bumps were put in back in 2007 and have cut traffic speed, as well as the number of drivers using the street. Residents were surveyed to see if the speed bumps should be removed. Eight people responded, with a 50-50 split on removal. Two-thirds of residents along with the city council must approve the removal before it can be done, according to a staff report.

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