James and Levean Miller live in the Crystal Valley Mobile Home Park off Macon Road, and theyre worried about kids and pets walking around one particular spot in the park.
When you enter the park on Crystal Drive, you drive for a few hundred yards until you encounter a very sharp curve in the road, sharper than 90 degrees. As you exit that hairpin, you're looking right at the park's office and its cluster of mailboxes. You're also looking at the spot where all the park's children stand and wait for the school bus.
"This curve can be dangerous, as a lot of drivers like to see how fast they can take it," they wrote to me in an e-mail. "We have sat on our porch and watched accidents almost happen quite often."
The Millers went to the city and asked what could be done. They were told to circulate a petition and if enough residents were concerned, the city would do a traffic study to see what, if anything, might be needed.
The Millers did the petition thing, and the city did the traffic study thing.
According to Ron Hamlett, head of the city's traffic engineering division, the study showed that the traffic on that road doesn't exceed the speed limit sufficiently to warrant any "traffic calming" devices, such as speed tables. Cars must be going more than 10 mph over the posted speed limit to warrant that, and according to the traffic monitoring gear they put out there, drivers just aren't doing that.
Hamlett said they have put out a lot of warning signs and such to alert people to slow down for the curve. And I've got to admit, the corner has plenty of warnings. By the time I got through it, I felt like I'd sat through a Baptist sermon.
I guess the irony here is that the only way to get something done about the speeders is to get them to drive faster.
Y'all will recall that a couple of weeks ago, Concerned Reader Bobby McGill was worried about varmints being bred in the jungle-like weeds across the street from his Mesa Street house in Colonial Park. Not in Oakland Park, as an Indignant Reader and Defender of OP's good name and honor, reminded me.
You will recall that the weeds in some spots were waist high (unless you wear your pants like my cousin Bud, whose nickname is "Empire State Pants," but I digress). Well, those weeds were cropped like a flat top buzz cut, which also put me to mind of Bud a little. Bless his heart.
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