No need for speed
Carbonear, Harbour Grace councils debate use of traffic bumps
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.
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.