‘Speed table’ in your subdivision’s future?

The Fayette County Public Works Department is crafting regulations designed to help slow down speeders in neighborhoods that lie in the unincorporated county.

The county has had success with a speed table, a device that lifts an automobile off the ground to a flat plateau of several feet before bringing them back to the road path at grade level. The current ones are installed on East Banks Road, which was often a cut-through for traffic using Banks Road as a back route to the Fayette Pavilion shopping center and beyond.

But now there are several more subdivisions expressing an interest in slowing down vehicles, and speed tables are a good solution because they can be removed at a later date if problems occur or if traffic patterns change to eliminate the speeding habit of motorists, said Public Works Director Phil Mallon.

Although the details are still being worked out, Mallon has proposed that when a request for a speed table comes in to have a speed survey conducted on the road to determine the speed at the 85th percentile. If it is more than 11 mph over the posted speed limit, a speed table could be erected but it would require support from a two-thirds majority of all the homeowners in the petition area, Mallon told the commission at an informal workshop meeting last week.

The ordinance will be tweaked some more before it will be presented for a final vote, officials said.

Mallon said that there also could be contingencies in place to allow a speed table in subdivisions that didn’t meet the minimum speed variance.

Funding is also a question, and Commissioner Lee Hearn suggested placing a modest fee of $15 a year on the property tax bill of those who benefit from the speed table to help offset part of the county’s costs on the project.

The speed tables are portable and can be removed and reinstalled in other locations but over time they will eventually have to be replaced, officials said.

Hearn said the sheriff’s department has also been effective in using its enforcement powers to target specific vehicles that have been speeding in a subdivision on a routine basis.

Woody's picture
Joined: 07/17/2006
Speeding Deterrent - Potholes

The county suggests a "modest" $15 fee per property owner since it's going to be losing speeding fines. I've got a cheaper idea - just deepen the potholes in the streets and the speeders will quit after blowing a few tires and bending some rims.

Cyclist's picture
Joined: 05/15/2007
Speeding Deterrent....

How about a lame duck President who is no longer accountable and an Energy Secretary that previously proposed that gasoline should be taxed at European levels - 7-8$ a gallon.

jcxd4u's picture
Joined: 02/25/2011
Brandon Mill HOA comment

Unfortunately, the problem was the county road dept, they repeatedly stalled at every turn. I'm afraid that someone will be injured seriously or killed by a speeding vehicle but the county only thinks about their budgets and the cost (which they said repeatedly the residents would have to absorb). Only after being sued by someone who has lost a loved one or been seriously injured would they care. This is because a multi-million dollar lawsuit involving the death of a child really puts a dent in their budget.

OneAccord's picture
Joined: 01/06/2010
Brandon Mill Subdivision

Need one or two of these on Brandon Mill Circle. Cars cutting from White Road to New Hope fly through here. Months ago a traffic speed study was done and there were multiple vehicles at 50+ mph (2 at 70+) in a residential zone. Still no help from the county or the homeowners association.

Robert W. Morgan
Robert W. Morgan's picture
Joined: 10/26/2005
$15 per year? Perfect. Let's get some for Planterra Ridge

My favorite shortcut from Home Depot is getting dangerous with all those kids speeding the other way to get to Best Buy before it closes. And I do mean closes - for good. Wonder what we can use that building for? Indoor pool maybe?

Anyway, those speed tables sound like a good investment for the 400 families in Planterra. Let's see, $15 x 400 families - yea, that will be enough. Let's get them ordered.

Wait a minute, read this carefully - "--------a device that lifts an automobile off the ground to a flat plateau of several feet before bringing them back to the road path at grade level." Several feet? Huh? Those teens are going to use these things a toy or a ride at Disney World.

yellowdog's picture
Joined: 03/04/2006
speed table

FYI....the several feet refers to the length of the speed table not the elevation. However the wording that was used is confusing!

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