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Gainesville moves forward with Memorial Drive speed table

POSTED: July 11, 2013 11:04 p.m.

The Gainesville City Council this morning gave the go-ahead to construction of one speed table on Memorial Drive.

The road cuts behind City Park, and the speed table will be put north of Glenwood Drive, before Cherokee Road.

The decision came after a proposal from residents on Memorial Drive, who raised $2,000 toward the construction of one speed table.

Their proposed speed table was further north on Memorial Drive, closer to Longstreet Circle.

Dee Taylor with Gainesville’s public works department, said the location that was approved met the national standards for a "traffic calming device," in this case, a speed table.

"The traffic engineering division has conducted several traffic studies in the Longstreet Hills subdivision, including Memorial, Cherokee and Chattahoochee, so the three parallel roads there," he said. He said the studies were done in seven separate locations, including both the proposed and accepted locations, over the course of several years.

The proposed, more northern location did not meet the need for a traffic calming device per those studies, Taylor said.

In a meeting with residents from all three streets, they all expressed support for the approved speed table, he continued. "Because it will act as a deterrent for all three," he said, adding that there’s a lot of pedestrian traffic along those roads.

Council members decided to wait and see what the effect of the approved speed table will be before further discussing the location residents originally proposed. Since studies show the accepted speed table was needed, residents’ funds won’t be used.

Council members agreed that speed tables should be used sparingly.

"We don’t want them if they don’t need them," Councilwoman Ruth Bruner said.

After the council’s decision, the issue is now turned back around to the residents, who will sign a petition to agree to the decision, Taylor said. Once those signatures are received, work can begin.

The speed table will cost around $6,000, he confirmed, including $4,000 for materials. It will come out of funds set aside in a traffic calming program.

Taylor said there are "around 15" other speed tables in the city, including on Ridgewood Avenue and Riverside Drive.


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