Traffic calming meetings planned in Northwest, East Knoxville

Traffic calming meetings planned in Northwest, East Knoxville

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The City of Knoxville is continuing its effort to get public opinions on the best ways to control speeding on residential streets with meetings in Northwest and East Knoxville.

The meeting will be held at Northwest Middle School, 5301 Pleasant Ridge Road, on Monday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m.

A meeting for East Knoxville/Center City will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at John T. O'Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St.

Using the public input, budget constraints and other factors, the city will formulate a draft policy and publish it for citizen review and a follow-up public meeting in the first quarter of 2014. Implementation of new policy could begin next summer.

Current city traffic calming measures including police surveillance and the ticketing of speeders. Officers sometimes lower the residential speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph, install new speed limit signs, and install rumble strips at the entrance to neighborhoods.

Any Knoxville neighborhood organization or citizen can call 311 to request a review of a particular street.

Citizens sometimes ask for speed humps and other physical devices. For a variety of reasons, the city discontinued the installation of these devices several years ago. Resuming the use of physical devices is one of the questions to be addressed in the policy review.

The city has also launched a website to help with the community-wide conversation on traffic calming and neighborhood traffic safety.

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