Residents of the Cloverdale subdivision say they can’t go for a walk in their neighborhood without the fear of being hit by a car.
Sharon Faris has lived in Cloverdale since 2000, and walks with her dogs everyday. Faris said she doesn’t go down Meadowbrook Drive, an area where she lives, because cars move too fast on the road.
“When I walk I can’t even walk down the road because it’s too dangerous,” Faris said, during a town council work session.
Town council work sessions usually don’t provide an opportunity for the public to speak, but the mayor made an exception.
Residents have raised concerns over the years of speeding in the neighborhood specifically along Meadowbrook Drive. They also say cars drive around other drivers, who drive the speed limit.
“I see every single day 20 people walking,” Faris said.“We are a walking community... And it’s impossible to have a good time walking (our) animals if you have to stop turn back and go back in the opposite direction because you can’t go down that road without fear of getting hit.”
Two-thirds of the residents in that area turned in a protest petition requesting calming measures to reduce speed on the street in May.
Town Engineer Tony Chalk, said a November 2013 police-conducted study revealed there was enough speeding in the area to warrant some type of speed calming device. The speed limit in the subdivision is 25 miles per hour.
To remedy the situation, town leaders have proposed implementing three speed cushions on the road to slow the speed.
Speed cushions were also placed in the Green Brier subdivision. Speed cushions are designed as several small speed humps installed across the width of the road with spaces between them.
It forces cars to slow down as they ride with one or both wheels on the humps.
The cost of installing the cushions and signage would be about $8,000. How they will pay for it is unclear. However, it will not be included in the budget.
“We would have a funding mechanism in place prior to placing it on the council agenda for approval,” Chalk told council members in response to how they would pay for it. “There has been some discussion about neighborhood improvement dollars.”
The item will come before the council at the Aug. 18 council meeting.
Town leaders are hoping to get them installed in the fall if approved by the council.
“We don’t need sidewalks,” Faris, the Cloverdale resident, said. “We just need them to slow down.”