I-Team: Durham neighborhood lobbies for speed humps


When Bill Taub pulls out of his driveway, there's a strategy.

"It's really dangerous to back out of my driveway," said Taub. "It's much safer for me if I've backed in, and I can drive out of my driveway forward."

He's been doing that for the past few months because he's concerned about drivers speeding down the 1000 block of West Markham Avenue.

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"There's definitely ones where you're like, 'Whoa! You need to slow down," said resident Jessica Tilley.

Other neighbors have seen the potential danger. Some say they've even gone to City Hall to ask about speed humps.

"A speed bump that's not too high or too severe would be great for this street," said Taub.

However, some residents say they were told the city's speed hump program is out of money. The I-Team did some checking, and found out that budget cuts forced the city to suspend its speed hump program a few years ago.

It has since been restored with an annual budget of $50,000. The city is spending $47,000 to install 18 speed humps on six different streets by the end of summer. That leaves very little money to solve Markham Avenue's speeding problems.

The city says it has no record of a formal speed hump request for this street.

As for the next fiscal year, there are other neighborhoods that have already met the city's traffic speed and volume criteria. They just need 75-percent of affected property owners to sign a petition.

"I think if people want to speed, they're going to speed," said Tilley. "But, I do think it'll help slow down some people."

There may be a little bit of a wait, but the city's transportation department says it is still accepting requests for speed humps for the next fiscal year. They need only meet the required criteria.

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