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Saugatuck City Leaders Pondering The Need & Number Of Speed Bumps On Park Street

Following discussion Monday night, Saugatuck city officials determined to seek guidance and advice from the city engineer regarding the installation of seasonal speed control devices - namely speed bumps - on Park Street from the Mt. Baldhead Park parking lot, north to the city limits at Ox-Bow School of Arts.

The discussion took place at the Saugatuck City Council meeting this week.

Historically speaking, the city has installed four speed bumps on the aforementioned section of that road during increased summer tourist traffic from Memorial Day through the first part of October.

“Some residents want them (speed bumps), some don’t,” Saugatuck City Manager Kirk Harrier told The Local Observer about the differing opinions local property owners have on the traffic control efforts.

Council members themselves do not agree about how to go about solving the issue.

Monday’s resolution called for a modification to the current policy: decrease the number of speed bumps from four to two. However, council members decided to table the matter altogether following the varying opinions among them and will ask Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering to weigh in on the issue.

“Questions the council has includes: How to determine if speed bumps are necessary and how many if they are?” said Harrier.

City leaders recognize that Park Street, from Mt. Baldhead Park north to the city limits, is a unique stretch due to a number of factors - including its narrow width, hidden driveways, curvy roadway, traffic congestion during the tourist season, and so on - and makes it difficult to come up with a comprehensive seasonal traffic measures policy.

In a statement of the proposed language for the new policy presented by city leaders:

“Saugatuck City Council further recognizes and finds that properly placed traffic calming measures, such as legally conforming speed bumps, may enhance safety and calm traffic in certain situations.

“Based on these findings, this policy is adopted to identify and authorize the placement, quantity, location and time frame for installation and removal of seasonal speed bumps on the specified section of Park Street.”

The proposal calls for the placement of two speed bumps.

Council will continue to study the appropriate Park Street traffic measure at the next workshop.

In the meantime, the city will install four speed bumps on that section of the road.

Saugatuck City Leaders Pondering The Need & Number Of Speed Bumps On Park Street

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