4,500 speed humps installed in Detroit to slow speeders

Detroit’s neighborhoods are cracking down on reckless drivers with a new speed limit.

“We’re right on Seven Mile, which means we have a lot of traffic. You can hear people racing up and down the street at any time of the day,” said Brittany Record.

Detroit is running a neighborhood speed hump program

Great efforts are being made this spring to install more than 4,000 speed humps across the city.

On Tuesday, the City of Detroit Public Works Department announced it would install 4,500 speed humps during this year’s construction season.

“We anticipate this will cover 3,200 apartment blocks across the city,” said Ron Brundidge, director of the Detroit Department of Public Works.

This construction work also attracts Detroiters to work with jobs.

“As a Detroit citizen, I am very proud to be part of this process,” said foreman Char Monique Nicholson, DPW.

Some speed bumps are pre-made rubber speed cushions while others are made of asphalt.

Brundidge explained how officials decide which speed hump to install.

“We can see that maybe three or four years later we have to come back down and pave this road to improve it,” he said. “In these cases, we install the pre-built ones so we can remove and reuse them.”

The city donated $ 11.5 million from government transportation to the program.

The speed hump program is so popular with residents that around 9,000 inquiries have been made for this season.

“Any road that doesn’t make it into this year’s program stays on the list,” said Brundidge.

Priority requirements meet certain criteria.

“How many children live on the block or in the neighborhood, how many situations (were there) in which we had accidents,” he said.

Residents say they feel safer now that speed humps have been installed. Installing speed humps isn’t the only job the city of Detroit is doing to improve its roads, however.

“This year we will pave 65 miles of streets in the neighborhoods and 25 of them in the main corridors of the city,” he said. “And 40 will be residential streets.”

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