Meeting with Traffic Engineering and Volunteers Needed for Sherman

At the last general meeting, it was determined that Richmond Ave, Owsley Ave, and the Sherman Ave (1st and 2nd block) had the most issues with speeding. As the city no longer offers speed bumps or humps, only speed tables, the issue of loss of street clearing and emergency vehicle service will no longer be a problem. As a side note, Sherman did not qualify for stop signs at the intersection with Monroe a few years back and stop signs cannot be placed at the intersection of Owsley and Monroe.

The protocol for the requesting traffic studies for speed control measures (specifically speed tables) are as follows:

1. Each block effected that desires speed control measures completes a petition with 65% resident approval to have a traffic/feasibility study performed (such as the first block of Richmond Avenue).

2. Traffic engineering performs the study (during non-summer traffic which is low) and makes an assessment whether or not the street qualifies bases on traffic volumes and speeds. If the block qualifies, then traffic engineering makes an assessment of cost sharing with the neighborhood based on median property value or media household income. Our understanding from the meeting is that this is scaled and that it would be less than half of the cost and probably more like 10%-30% of the total. For reference from the last communications:

  • Owsley: approximately $18,000 for 4 speed tables between Richmond Rd and Cramer Ave
  • Sherman Ave: approximately $13,500 between Richmond Rd. and Monroe Ave; approximately $13,500 Monroe Ave to Menifee Ave;
  • Richmond Ave Potential Cost: approximately $18,000 between Richmond Rd and Cramer Ave

* Please note the cost share can be from just the owners on the block, or from a wider territory, and funds may also be available from other sources so the suggestion is to at least perform the study even if funding is a concern.

3. The neighborhood receives notification of the traffic assessment and cost. IF the block still wishes to proceed, they need to provide a 65% owner approval of the proposal and then LFUCG needs one check covering the cost share from the neighborhood.

We have neighbors already covering Richmond Avenue and Owsley Avenue, so people on those blocks can expect to see people knocking on doors to see if they would like to sign soon.

We need volunteers (preferably that live on Sherman) to help bring the petition door to door on the first and second blocks of Sherman. For the first block we would need 25 signatures of the 39 homeowners to achieve 65%. For the second block we would need 29 of the 44 homeowners achieve 65%. Please message me or email kenwickneighbors if you are interested. We will provide the petition form supplied by traffic engineering.