Resident: Neighborhood street now bypass

Town trustees consider putting brakes on Washington Avenue speed limit

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— A Hayden resident is urging the Town Board of Trustees to lower the speed limit on East Washington Avenue because he fears someone is going to get hurt.

"There is a lot of traffic on that road going very fast," said Bruce Carson, who lives on Washington Avenue. "Something has to happen because somebody is going to get hurt or killed."

Carson would like for the town to lower the street's speed limit from 25 mph to 15 mph.

The Town Board of Trustees will address the issue at its meeting set for 7:30 p.m. tonight at Town Hall, 178 Jefferson Ave.

Town Manager Rob Straebel has put the issue on the agenda for the seven-member Town Board.

One option for the board is to have the town's traffic safety committee examine the issue, he said.

Traffic on the road has increased since it was paved about two years ago, said Carson, who has lived in the neighborhood for three years.

"After the snow melted this year, traffic definitely increased," Carson said. "I believe people are using it as a bypass."

East Washington Avenue runs parallel to Jefferson Avenue, which turns into U.S. 40.

"During the mornings and evenings, there is a lot of traffic," he said.

With the traffic, Carson is worried about safety for children in the neighborhood.

"I'm very concerned for the well-being of the children in this area," said Carson, who has two small children. "There are a lot of kids that play in the area."

Carson feared when the road was paved from a dirt road, traffic could be a problem for the neighborhood.

"After the road was paved, we requested more street signs be put up," he said. "The town was willing to help."

The town installed two speed limit signs and a sign notifying a hearing-impaired child lives in the neighborhood.

The signs haven't forced motorists to slow down on the road, Carson said.

"They are ignoring the speed limit signs and the deaf child sign," he said. "People are driving by way too fast."

Lowering the speed limit to 15 mph is needed, he said.

"It is a comfortable speed, and if a child comes zipping out on the street with their bike or skateboard, a person would be able to stop," he said.

If the town changes the speed limit, it would join other streets in town that do have a 15-mph limit.

Third Street between Washington Avenue and Breeze Basin is 15 mph, along with the streets in the trailer parks, Straebel said.

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