Bethlehem continues to battle city speeders
Monday, November 27, 206
By KURT BRESSWEIN
BETHLEHEM | Complaints about speeding in city neighborhoods are drawing high- and low-technology efforts to break motorists of the habit.
An electronic sign announcing passing cars' speeds is in next year's proposed $7,270 budget for traffic-calming devices, Mayor John Callahan said Tuesday. The money should also cover installing speed humps like those on Main Street and Biery's Bridge Road in more neighborhoods.
Speed humps are more gradually sloped than speed bumps. The city began its pilot speed hump program a year ago to see if they would interfere with snow removal and road maintenance, Callahan said.
The pilot program suggests the humps work to slow motorists and discourage cutting through neighborhoods, he said.
"They're designed so you can travel over them at the posted speed limit without an unusual jar or a shock," Callahan said.
Bethlehem's Public Works Department is taking recommendations on where to add the yellow-painted asphalt mounds.
Resident complaints are garnering officials' attention in other ways, too.
On Tuesday, West Bethlehem resident Dorothy McAndrew told city council of unsafe driving around James Buchanan Elementary School on Catasauqua Road. Tractor-trailers routinely drive 50 to 60 mph around the school, which lacks flashing lights designating its 15-mph school zone, she said.
Phyllis Dalton, the neighborhood crossing guard, said parents are so fearful of speeding motorists that they drive their children to the school from only a few blocks away.
Police Commissioner Randy Miller said he would order a speed-enforcement detail in the area and request a traffic survey from Frank Barron, the city's traffic coordinator.
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