Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Speeding Solutions Sought for Ivey Road; Residents Discuss Installing Speed Humps at a Town Meeting with City Officials

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Speeding Solutions Sought for Ivey Road; Residents Discuss Installing Speed Humps at a Town Meeting with City Officials

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Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND

Albert Cherry rose to his feet and said it was time to make a last-ditch stand.

Speeding on Ivey Road had reached a crisis, he said.

Safety is such a concern that his daughter, now 20, has never been able to play in their front yard.

Speeding motorists have killed seven pets in the last three weeks, he said. Mailboxes have been run over, there have been several accidents and drivers doing "doughnut" maneuvers have knocked over the new crape myrtles the city planted.

It's time to install speed humps on Ivey Road, he said at a town meeting sponsored by Councilwomen Lynette Self and Suzanne Jenkins. About 20 residents, a far lower number than Cherry had expected, attended the meeting at Southside Estates Elementary School.

Cherry, president of the Hidden Valley Civic Association, said he felt so strongly about the issue that he would pay for having a hump installed near his home. Humps are 12-foot-long, 3- to 4-inch-high raised sections of road designed to slow traffic in a more gentle way than the bigger speed bumps.

While there are only 87 houses on Ivey Road, there are 852 households that use it to enter and exit the neighborhood, Cherry said. Speedsters also use Ivey Road, which is off Southside Boulevard, as a shortcut to Atlantic Boulevard and vice versa.

Jenkins said she understands the problem because she's driven the 25-mph speed limit through the neighborhood only to have other motorists riding her bumper.

Ken Ferrin of the city's Traffic Engineering Division talked to attendees about the speed hump process. The proposal is to put three to four humps on a half-mile stretch of Ivey Road from Southside to Duskin Drive.

One woman wanted to know how many driveways would be impeded by the humps. Ferrin said they would not be put in front of driveways. …

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