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danx111
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Speedbumps?
by danx111 on October 23rd, 2010

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I live on the corner of Berkman and Zach Scott. Berkman gets some really high-speed traffic all day and night. Wondering if Mueller has ever considered putting in speed bumps to slow traffic down for safety reasons? Might be nice on Zach Scott too. Who would be a good contact to make this suggestion?
Thanks!


Take a look at these:

http://www.stopspeeders.org/options.htm

http://www.ite.org/traffic/
 
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misselaine
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Speedbumps?
by misselaine on October 23rd, 2010

I am not saying stop signs don't work, but I imagine that street will get pretty busy, lots of truck going by and I don't know if a bus will be traveling that route in the future. If anyone has had a bus stop outside their house, then you know what I mean. It is just something to consider.
 
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misselaine
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Speedbumps?
by misselaine on October 23rd, 2010

Very useful links, Danx111. I have always thought that the radar signs that show your speed are the best. I think it would be awesome to have one on Airport.
 
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danx111
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Speedbumps?
by danx111 on October 23rd, 2010

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Very useful links, Danx111. I have always thought that the radar signs that show your speed are the best. I think it would be awesome to have one on Airport.


The best are the ones that connect to the traffic lights - saw them i Spain in small towns. If you go over the speed limit the next traffic light turns red.
 
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TinyHornet
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Speedbumps?
by TinyHornet on October 24th, 2010

Yeah, I've noticed that Berkman has already become a north-south cut-through for lots of people. I've seen people doing ~50 mph down that road, and some drivers who apparently don't have Mueller as a final destination seem to get agitated when they get stuck behind a driver doing the speed limit. It has been noted before in this forum that visibility from most of the stop signs at streets intersecting Berkman is really poor, due primarily to the residents' parking on the street. You pretty much have to pull all the way into the street to see if someone's coming, and by then, it's too late if someone's hauling arse down the road. The cut-through mentality just makes this worse. Whether or not people park out in front, I'm in favor of putting traffic control devices on Berkman. The speed-sensitive traffic lights sound like a really good idea to me.
 
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Shannon Sobeck
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Speedbumps?
by Shannon Sobeck on October 25th, 2010

I have a rental property that I used to live in located in North Austin on Shropshire Blvd. As our street saw increased usage the City Installed speed bumps. They are very annoying (created noise in a variety of ways...) as cars would speed between bumps and speed up or some fools would just use them as car ramps for fun, rediculous. Think carefully before installing speed bumps along/near residential areas.

I believe the best solutions would be a combination of:
(1) Numerous Solar powered permanent radar speed signs that play to the conscious of drivers.
(2) Strategically placed stop signs/traffic signals...as few as possible.
(3) Minimal speed bumps located primarily away from resdential areas.
(4) Strategically placed "islands" and "narrow-curved-roads" creating a road winding effect...Sunset Valley in South Austin uses these near Burger Stadium.


 
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Rick Krivoniak
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Traffic Calming/RMMAPIAC
by Rick Krivoniak on October 25th, 2010

I would LOVE for some of you to come to the RMMAPIAC (Mueller Commission) meetings and express your concerns regarding speeding traffic and roadway design in Mueller Next meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 9, 6 - 8PM at 625 E. 10th/Waller Creek Center, Room 105.
 
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Ross Houston
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Traffic Calming/RMMAPIAC
by Ross Houston on October 26th, 2010

I too live on Berkman, and it's worse than Zach Scott for speeders. I think it has a lot to do with the "edge of town" feeling that one gets from driving on Berkman with a large expanse of airport wasteland on one side. When the other side eventually gets developed that effect will be gone. Plus at that time we will inevitably have stop signs / stop lights at a few points. Once all that happens Berkman will be high traffic, but not necessarily as high speed as it is now. And I think that's the situation all of us Berkmaners knew to expect sooner or later.

I think a simple 3-way stop at Berkman and Zach Scott would do wonders in the short term. In the meantime maybe a little bit of water balloon guerrilla warfare...
 
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GarrethWilcock
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Speedbumps?
by GarrethWilcock on October 27th, 2010

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I've seen people doing ~50 mph down that road, and some drivers who apparently don't have Mueller as a final destination seem to get agitated when they get stuck behind a driver doing the speed limit. I


I'm one of those annoying people that slow down when someone is speeding behind me. Especially when I drive past the park.

 
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GarrethWilcock
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Traffic Calming/RMMAPIAC
by GarrethWilcock on October 27th, 2010

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When the other side eventually gets developed that effect will be gone. Plus at that time we will inevitably have stop signs / stop lights at a few points. Once all that happens Berkman will be high traffic, but not necessarily as high speed as it is now.


And a streetcar line down the middle might help too!

 
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