By Dedra Cordle
Residents of the village of Urbancrest have long suspected there was a disproportionate number of vehicles accessing their roads in comparison to the number of people who reside in the community. Now, there is data to back up their claim.
At the village council meeting in December, members of the health and safety committee presented its first report on vehicular traffic using figures collected by the speed capturing sign.
According to Alicia Wiggins, the results were a shock to her.
“I was surprised by the results,” said the councilwoman and committee member. “There was way more traffic traveling on First Avenue than I had previously thought.”
The speed capturing sign with an accompanying data collection feature was placed on First Avenue going toward Broadway/U.S. Route 62 in October. The data relayed that in the months since its placement, that portion of the road averages 5,076 vehicles through the weekday and 2,993 vehicles on the weekend.
The results, said Wiggins, may have been higher had the sign maintained its durability.
“There were a few days where it did not capture any data because the battery died,” she said.
She suggested that additional battery packs be purchased for the speed capturing sign so they can get a complete report.
The data also showed that while a majority of motorists do obey the 25 miles per hour speed limit during the week, the percentage of those traveling at speeds beyond the posted limit rise over the weekend.
“The highest number of people violating the speed limit comes on Sunday,” said Wiggins. “I don’t know if they’re late for church or what.”
She added that the time of day where people most stringently obey the posted limit is in the dead of night.
“It’s between midnight and 2 a.m.,” she said.
In further speed data news, the number of times motorists have been capturing traveling in excess of 40 miles per hour is 96, with the top speed clocking in at 57 miles per hour.
Councilman S. Henry Warr said if they posted the sign in the alleyways, the number would rise dramatically.
“Some people use those alleys like they are drag strips,” he said.
He asked if the sign could be posted there in the future. Wiggins replied there are plans for the speed capturing sign to travel around the village but there were no plans to put them in the alleyway at present.
“We were going to hit Central Avenue, Augustus Drive and Main Street first,” she said.
Those roads, along with First Avenue, are seen as the main thoroughfares in the village.
“We do want to get data from the other streets as well,” Wiggins said. “I know there are a lot of straight away roads that people can really fly through.”
The committee said they intend to give the data to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office so they can patrol accordingly.