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4/27/2014 8:03:00 AM
Traffic 'calming' still needed in Old Town

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter


COTTONWOOD -- The City of Cottonwood has abandoned one traffic calming idea and is considering a new one for the west Main Street entrance to Old Town Cottonwood.

Originally proposed was a island often used to create traffic "friction" and slow traffic. Cottonwood uses such islands on 12th Street near the Cottonwood Kids Park and in the Cottonwood Ranch subdivision.

But both neighbors' objections and real life tests show that the island would be troublesome and ineffective in that location west the bridge near the Bocce restaurant.

Assistant Development Services Manager Morgan Scott says that a couple of 55-gallon barrels were placed in the roadway to simulate the island effect, but that while traffic slowed, it then accelerated after passing the obstruction.

The Cottonwood City Council, during last week's work session, suggested that an arch over the roadway at the bridge would similarly slow traffic and could be used to welcome motorists to Old Town

Development Services Manager Dan Lueder said the three-dimensional appearance could have the same effect to slow traffic as entering a tunnel.

The city has long been searching for a way to slow traffic when entering Cottonwood from the west.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Article comment by: Reg Ular

driver of that route, and have yet to see anyone who hasn't slowed to 25 mph or less by the time they reach the bridge.

That said,electronic signs displaying the approaching vehicle speed are effective at "calming" most speeders. Like this one:

http://www.radarsign.com/

Such a sign might also deter drivers from ignoring the 25 mph limit approaching the Broadway/Main intersection in Clarkdale, where collisions have occurred.


Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Article comment by: Carl Nye

You want to calm traffic? You want drivers to obey the speed limit (25 mph)? Simply put a large sign out on Broadway where the speed limit drops to 25. Have it read in big letters:

"SPEED LIMIT 25 mph. RADAR PATROLLED 24/7. MANDATORY FINE IS $100 FOR EVERY 1 mph OVER 25."

Sure, it will never happen, but if it did, you can pretty much guarantee no one would speed in Old Town. The only question is, how seriously do you want drivers to slow down?


Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Article comment by: Sara Hill

Place an empty police car there - sometimes have it staffed and at those times hand out tickets like crazy - the word gets around and people remember.

Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Article comment by: @ The real traffic issue

You must be higher than a cell tower if you actually think that traffic fly's by the old hippie emporium at "50+".Get real.

Posted: Monday, April 28, 2014
Article comment by: Drive thru

wine tasting.

That'll calm 'em down.


Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2014
Article comment by: Put a cell tower there

If you place a 90 ft cell tower in the middle of the street on each end and zap those people as they are riding through, that'll slow them down.

Slow enough to text while driving with excellent reception in the last moments of actually having brain cells left.
It's all good.


Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2014
Article comment by: The real traffic issue coming in to Old Town

is the hill where Broadway becomes Main St. The posted speed limit is 25 as you enter Cottonwood, however the average speed on that stretch is 50+ . Fixing the motorists is going to be a bigger job than a "traffic calming tunnel facade" can acomplish.

Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2014
Article comment by: Slater Slater

The tunnel effect sounds reasonable,then floor
it to make up time.Incorporate a few small speed bumps near crosswalks to wake up the
speeding drivers.That is only if you truly want
traffic to slow down.
Oh thats right your hands are tied by the State.
plus the bikers would be at your throats.Lower
the speed thru town.Pass out tickets like crazy
and the problem is solved.Oh that's right the
politicians will have a field day.Your on your
own.When small town USA go's big you get
big town issues.y7h




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