Apalach: Speeders need their lumps, not bumps

Bobby Miller, right, speaks at the committee meeting while Susan and Cassie Gary, center, listen at

Bobby Miller, right, speaks at the committee meeting while Susan and Cassie Gary, center, listen at left.

David adlerstein
Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 10:42 AM.

A meeting Tuesday night of Apalachicola’s revitalized Community Pride Partnership has recommended city officials embark on a comprehensive traffic study to take a closer look at the patterns of speed and stoppage throughout the city.

Attended by two dozen city residents, the largest turnout to date, the consensus was that city commissioners not act on turning two Commerce Street intersections downtown, at Avenues D and E, into four-way stops.

The community pride gathering did not register an opinion on a third request now pending before the commission, to turn the 11th Street and Avenue F intersection into a four-way stop. That request has been made by Brent Mabry, who said he plans to push for the change because of motorists who speed down the street to avoid the traffic light at 12th Street and Avenue E.

City Administrator Betty Taylor Webb conducted the community pride meeting, recording the many comments made by the group, which included both downtown merchants as well as neighborhood residents.

The clearest and most emphatic consensus reached by the group was opposition to adding more speed bumps in the city, with some calling for the removal of existing bumps.

“I live on 15th Street and they came in and put bumps on Avenue M and now Avenue L,” said Leon O’Neal. “I have to detour both streets to get to 12th Street. It’s really beginning to be something.”

O’Neal pressed Taylor-Webb to look into whether the city is liable for accidents or injuries caused by the speed bumps, to bicyclists or skateboarders, and what their effect is on emergency vehicles.

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