Village council to address speeding

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By Dedra Cordle
Staff Writer

In the two months since the passage of an ordinance to curb cut-through traffic on residential roads, the village of Urbancrest has seen improvements to the congestion issues that have been plaguing their community for quite some time. But now, village leaders face even more traffic issues.

At the Aug. 9 council meeting, Mayor Joseph Barnes Sr. said he is concerned by the high speed in which some motorists navigate their streets, as well as their disregard of posted stop signs.

“They just use these streets like it’s the Indy 500 speedway,” he said.

The speed limit for the village is 25 miles per hour, but councilwoman Veronica Shepherd said she would like to see it lowered to 15 miles per hour.

“They have lost their minds,” she said in reference to the speeders after the meeting.

Though lowering the speed limit may take some time, Barnes said what he would like to see in the near future is the addition of more stop signs, specifically four-way stop signs on busy roads.

He suggested that council look into installing a four-way stop sign on First Avenue and Augustus Drive and First Avenue and Wallace Lane. Additional four-way stop signs would be posted on Central Avenue and Augustus Drive and Central Avenue and Wallace Lane.

Barnes recalled the number of times he has personally seen motorist blow through those posted stop signs.

He said he is very concerned that someone may be hurt by their disregard of the signs on these populated streets.

“We have to be conscientious of the children that live and play in this area, as well as the bike riders, the pedestrians and the elderly that walk these streets.”

The proposal to post four-way stop signs along these intersections seemed like a popular idea amongst the council members.

Councilman S. Henry Warr said he believes it would be beneficial to the community and the motorists themselves.

“With the new school year coming soon, you’re going to have kids that are not watching too much as to what is going on, and then you have motorists who are not paying attention or going through the signs.”

He said this might be a good way to prevent any future accidents.

Kenneth Skeaton, the chair of the health and safety committee, said the possible inclusion of the four-way stop signs would be discussed at the upcoming committee meeting.

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