A Queen Street resident is urging Police Commission members to have all five of the large speed bumps planned for Queen Street installed there to hold down motorists’ travel speeds as a pedestrian safety measure.
Late last year, the town installed three large speed bumps, known as “speed tables” on the southern section of Queen Street as a speed control measure.
Dan Shea of 44 Queen Street told Police Commission members April 2 that he appreciates that the town has installed three of the asphalt speed bumps on the road. He added he now wants to have the other two speed bumps installed, as specified in the plans for the project.
The presence of the three speed bumps has made Queen Street “more livable and safe,” Mr Shea said.
The Police Commission is the local traffic authority.
Fred Hurley, town public works director, said April 3 that the town plans to install the two additional speed bumps this spring, but it first must deal with other road-related tasks such as pothole repair.
The two additional speed bumps will be installed on Queen Street before the summer, Mr Hurley stressed, noting that the town has promised to install all five devices as described in its plans.
Also, the three existing speed bumps, whose yellow traffic paint has worn off during the past several months, will be repainted, Mr Hurley said.
Mr Hurley said he expects that the town will hire a contractor to install the two additional speed bumps.
The mile-long north-south Queen Street links Church Hill Road to Mile Hill Road.
While the speed limit on Queen Street is 25 mph, advisory traffic signs posted by the town recommend that drivers limit their speed to 10 mph while traveling over the speed bumps.
Queen Street area residents have long complained to the Police Commission about speeding motorists on Queen Street.
To determine the design and the best locations for the speed bumps, the town hired Frederick P. Clark Associates, Inc, of Fairfield, which is a traffic planning firm, and Spath-Bjorklund Associates, Inc, of Monroe, which is a civil engineering firm, to develop plans for the work.
In response to complaints about traffic speeds on Queen Street, police conducted a traffic enforcement crackdown there in the winter of 2012.
During a 20-day period, police stopped 369 drivers on Queen Street for various violations. Those violations primarily involved speeding. Among those 369 motor vehicle stops, police issued three misdemeanor summonses, 166 infraction tickets, 155 written warnings, and 45 verbal warnings.