Saugatuck's Park Street Residents Ask City Council To Reduce Speed Bumps
On the topic of the speed bumps on Park Street, Saugatuck City Manager Kirk Harrier summarized it when he said, “It’s obvious some residents like to have them there. It’s obvious some residents don’t like to have them there.”
Some of those Park Street neighbors showed up at Monday’s city council meeting to express their opinion on the matter.
In any event, Saugatuck City Council voice voted to have its engineer, Fleis & Vandenbrink, collect data—such as the amount of traffic and speed of cars—that will be used to subsequently make a final determination: to keep the speed bumps or not to keep them, or choose another option, (e.g., install speed humps instead.)
“All we are asking is that you fix it so that we all drive over the same number of speed bumps. We are only asking you to be fair; we are so sick of these things,” Park Street resident Henry Gleason told the council.
The city has customarily placed four speed bumps on Park Street—from the Mt. Baldhead Park parking lot, north to the city limits at Ox-Bow School of Arts—as a speed control mechanism during the busy summer season.
Gleason and seven of his Park Street neighbors signed a petition asking the city to remove two of the four speed bumps so as they could traverse over less bumps, thereby making their drive to and from their homes more comfortable.
Conversely, residents like Stephen Kubica told the council, referring to entities like the U.S. Department of Transportation, “Everybody has established they (speed bumps) work. The issue is safety and how to slow the traffic down.”
He went on, “You probably have more people walking than driving that road during the season.”
Part of the city’s engineering study, which is costing the city $1,000, would measure traffic speed one week with the speed bumps in place, one week without.
“I feel more comfortable having the professionals do this,” said Saugatuck City Council Member Bill Hess.
Alluding to the possible choices the engineering study could produce, Hess added, “They (engineers) could come back and say, for example, speed humps versus speed bumps are more beneficial in your situation, come up with something that makes everybody happy.”