Possible changes coming to Albany's speed bump approval process

Possible changes coming to Albany's speed bump approval process
The commission recently voted to install speed bumps along the 2400 block of W. Alberson Dr. (Source: WALB)
The commission recently voted to install speed bumps along the 2400 block of W. Alberson Dr. (Source: WALB)
Speed bumps will also be installed in the 1800 block of Pineknoll Lane (Source: WALB)
Speed bumps will also be installed in the 1800 block of Pineknoll Lane (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Two residential streets will get a little bumpier in Albany.

During the city commission's last meeting of the year, city leaders voted in favor of establishing several speed bumps along the 1800 block of Pineknoll Lane and the 2400 block of West Alberson Drive.

Before the vote, several commissioners noted the fact that most of the speed bumps installed between FY16 through FY18 were for streets in Wards I and II.

Some leaders said they would like to see several changes to the city's speed bump approval process so that neighbors in other areas could petition for speed bumps as well.

Right now, residents must voice their concerns saying they want the speed bumps. Then, the city conducts a survey to see if the speed bumps are needed.

In order for the request to be granted, the city must find that at least 80 percent of drivers in the area are going ten miles over the speed limit. Some commissioners believe the number should be lowered to nine rather than ten.

Residents must also seek the approval of all homeowners within that area. Some of the commissioners said the process isn't fair because there are portions of Albany which are made up mostly of tenants.

Therefore, some leaders believe that renters should also be able to sign the petition, not just the property owners.

"I don't think homeowners should worry about renters signing a petition to allow speed humps because it improves the quality of life and the value of the property," said Mayor Pro Tem Roger Marietta.

Marietta asked for the proposed changes to be on a future agenda, so it looks like commissioners will continue this discussion in 2018.

No word yet on when the speed bumps will be installed on Pineknoll Lane and West Alberson Drive.

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