A Knoxville homeowner wants drivers going through his neighborhood to slow down. He’s concerned the speed bumps close by aren’t doing enough.
Josh Sharp lives along Cecil Avenue close to Kennington Road in Knoxville. He recently posted on social media, asking for advice on how to get more traffic devices installed to slow down drivers.
The speed limit on that stretch of Cecil Avenue is between 20 to 25 mph. There’s a speed bump a good distance from Sharp’s home and another one at the bottom of the other side of a hill.
“They get over that speed hump, and then they let it loose right there and just fly,” said Sharp.
It’s a concern because Sharp says drivers can’t see who or what’s at the bottom of the dip.
“It makes me mad sometimes, mainly the ones that are going fast,” Sharp said.
He wants change and says the speed humps aren’t in the right spot.
“If we had a couple speed humps closer to this hill, even right before it, it would make a humongous difference,” said Sharp.
When homeowners, like Sharp, have a problem they can fill out an application with the city. After meeting with coordinators and compiling a neighborhood petition, the city’s engineering division puts out devices to check the speed and volume of cars going down their street at every minute of the day.
“So that we can determine how much speeding there is, what kind of vehicles, what time of day and so forth,” said David Massey the neighborhood coordinator for the city.
Massey says from there, that data is analyzed and if the city moves forward.
“We look at coming up with plans on where traffic calming devices would go to slow traffic and by that I mean things like speed humps, traffic circles, we can narrow a street so that cars need to slow down,” Massey said.
If a street does not meet qualifications, the city can use enforcement along with warning signs to slow drivers.
“We don’t want to put in traffic calming devices where they’re not wanted or where they’re not needed,” said Massey.
Sharp says he plans to ask city leaders for help.
“I just don’t want to see somebody’s kid get killed,” he said.
The city of Knoxville implemented a new neighborhood traffic safety program last fall. Only minor and local streets are eligible for the program. So far they’ve received 14 applications. Construction for the city’s first neighborhood that applied should begin early this fall.
It could take anywhere from 12-18 months to complete a project and if there are other road projects, a neighborhood could have to wait longer.