No need for speed

Car­bon­ear, Har­bour Grace coun­cils de­bate use of traf­fic bumps

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON

Town coun­cil mem­bers in Car­bon­ear and Har­bour Grace are hear­ing plenty of com­plaints about driv­ers trav­el­ling too fast on lo­cal roads, and some wonder whether the use of speed bumps might help mat­ters.

Car­bon­ear Mayor Ge­orge Butt Jr. has taken sev­eral calls from res­i­dents in the Crocker’s Cove area ask­ing whether the town in­tends to in­stall a speed bump there.

“The traf­fic down there is ter­ri­ble,” the mayor said at last Mon­day’s coun­cil meet­ing, mak­ing men­tion of the re­cent ac­ci­dent in that area in­volv­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle and a pickup truck. It was his un­der­stand­ing speed fac­tored into the ac­ci­dent.

Staff Sgt. Howard Gale of the Har­bour Grace RCMP de­tach­ment later told The Com­pass po­lice do be­lieve speed was a fac­tor in the ac­ci­dent, but not the only one.

Public works di­rec­tor Brian O’Grady told coun­cil­lors the town has fielded lots of re­quests for speed bumps on dif­fer­ent streets. He sug­gests it would be best to iden­tify spe­cific cri­te­ria for as­sess­ing the need around town.

The mayor noted school zones al­ready have them. With play­grounds like the one in Crocker’s Cove at- tract­ing kids on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, Butt feels it’s only log­i­cal to set up speed bumps in those ar­eas.

Har­bour Grace’s take

In Har­bour Grace, Coun. Kathy Tet­ford com­plained about speed­ing on Wa­ter Street be­tween Lee’s Lane and the aban­doned shoe fac­tory.

“It’s hor­ren­dous,” she said. Tet­ford wants the town to look into ac­quir­ing por­ta­ble speed bumps to place there. She’s also re­ceived a call about driv­ers mov­ing too fast on Ban­ner­man Lake Road.

“We can place them strate­gi­cally around town. We can take them up ev­ery so of­ten and move them some­where else and to (let them know) the Town of Har­bour Grace is not putting up with their speed­ing, that we think too much of our chil­dren who are wait­ing on the side of the road.”

Tet­ford pointed out that with pro­posed ear­lier start times for pri­mary students in the fall, there will be Kinder­garten students wait­ing for buses in the dark.

“Some will have par­ents with them, some won’t. And like up there, I’ve watched it. The cars, they’ve got no sense.”

Wa­ter Street is likely the pre­ferred route for many mo­torists trav­el­ling through the com­mu­nity, as it ben­e­fited in re­cent years from new pave­ment. Coun. Tony McCarthy said the in­crease in the vol­ume of traf­fic is no­tice­able.

Coun. Gord Stone noted sev­eral other towns in the Con­cep­tion Bay North area have pur­chased speed bumps that can be moved from one area to an­other as needed. Bay Roberts is among them.

“The towns that have used them have found them ef­fec­tive. The big chal­lenge for the towns is af­ter you’ve in­stalled some, you will have very high pres­sure from all over your town. ‘We want a speed bump here, here, and here.’”

Stone said hav­ing the abil­ity to move a speed bump around town might be the right ap­proach to take, as you can only af­ford to pur­chase so many.

NI­CHOLAS MERCER/THE COM­PASS

Har­bour Grace RCMP be­lieves speed was among the con­tribut­ing fac­tors in a two-ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle and a pickup truck in Crocker’s Cove, Car­bon­ear May 13. Car­bon­ear Mayor Ge­orge Butt Jr. be­lieves a speed bump should be in­stalled in the neigh­bour­hood.

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