Gilbert set to install 10 portable speed humps

Mike Walbert
The Arizona Republic
Sept. 22, 2006 12:00 AM

A new kind of portable speed hump, made from recycled rubber and bolted to the asphalt, will make its first Valley appearance in Gilbert in the coming weeks as the town tries to slow speeders on residential streets.

Ten of the new humps are planned for Neely Street in northwest Gilbert as part of a three-month pilot program.

Vice Mayor Dave Crozier, who lives off Neely and has heard complaints from his neighbors about speeders cutting through, said the speed humps should make them slow down.

"It'll force them to, unless they want to go airborne," Crozier said.

In April, Gilbert performed a study that showed 85 percent of drivers were traveling 39 mph in the 25 mph zone on Neely Street.

A major advantage of the new speed humps: they allow large emergency vehicles, such as fire trucks, to straddle them without having to slow down. Gilbert officials were wary of standard asphalt speed humps because of criticism that they can slow emergency response times.

But for standard-size cars, trucks and SUVs, at least one side of the vehicle must traverse the hump, forcing drivers to slow or else get bounced into the air.

Officials expect to install the humps within a month and, depending on results, may look to place them at other locations.

More than 100 municipalities and counties nationwide have installed the unique humps, manufactured by Road Kare International of Grand Prairie, Texas.