Speed hump policy OK due Monday

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A policy to allow residents to petition Warren County to install speed humps in residential neighborhoods is expected to be adopted Monday.

A version of an ordinance under review for nearly a year would allow residents or a group of residents to apply for a “traffic-calming” device, then secure signatures from at least 80 percent of residents in an affected area within 60 days if county engineers, based on traffic counts, deem the area worthy of speed controls. Removal could only come after at least one year and at the request of the same percentage of residents, according to the draft version.

One resident spoke against the concept during a hearing Oct. 20. A public comment period ended Nov. 20 with no written correspondence, Chancery Clerk Dot McGee said.

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Eligibility of votes in the petitioning process, such as whether votes from renters will be allowed and the number of votes counted per household, is a detail to be worked out in the final version, .

Supervisors were moved to form a policy after letters from individual constituents, in most cases those living near major thoroughfares. County engineers have estimated the traditional speed hump to have the lowest cost compared to mini-circles or other road designs, at about $3,000 each.


Contact Danny Barrett Jr. at dbarrett@vicksburgpost.com