By Dedra Cordle
The village of Urbancrest has a new tool which residents hope will put an end to excessive speeding in the community.
At the Aug. 13 meeting, the council announced the arrival of a speed capturing sign with an accompanying data collection feature. The council approved its purchase in March but manufacturer confusion over which model was selected and back order parts delayed its shipment by several months.
“Obviously, we would have liked to have had it set up in April,” said councilwoman Alicia Wiggins, “but we are glad that it is finally here.”
According to Wiggins, council will have a contractor with Radarsign, LLC come out to install the speed capturing sign on First Avenue “as soon as possible.” It was initially believed that the village’s street commissioner would install the mobile sign but Mayor Joseph Barnes Sr. requested a company representative do it.
“I think they should put it up, just for liability sake,” he said.
The council agreed.
When the speed capturing sign is installed on First Avenue, it will begin collecting data that will be used to determine if more steps need to be taken to quell speed related issues.
Wiggins said the data will capture the number of vehicles on the road, the peak travel times, and the speed of the vehicles. It will not capture license plate numbers.
She also added that the sign will travel throughout the village streets, particularly the ones believed to host the most traffic.
“Our plan is to move it around First Avenue, Augustus Drive, Central Avenue and Main Street,” said Wiggins.
She said after noting trends, they will give the collected data to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office so they can be out on patrol during peak hours.
“We have to have enforcement,” she said. “There has to be some consequences.”
The issue of vehicular speeding has been a primary concern for residents and council members for many years. With the growth of the industrial area came an influx of motorists.
To lessen the problem, council passed a measure more than two years ago restricting access to Augustus Drive from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for motorists traveling on Urbancrest Industrial Drive. Now, they have purchased a speed capturing sign with hope that it will remind motorists to go slow on residential streets.