Danville may study traffic patterns on St. Mildred's

October 25, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

Danville will consider spending more than $9,000 to study traffic patterns on the cross streets between Lexington and Maple avenues, from Fourth Street to St. Mildred's Court.

City Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. today, and will look at proposals from HMB and Palmer engineering firms.

It has been seven months since residents of St. Mildred's Court asked the commissioners to consider closing their historic street, which they say has turned into a race track by people who want to avoid the traffic light at Lexington and Maple avenues.

Commissioners have said that the problem should to be studied before a street was closed because a closure could cause more problems and congestion on other streets.

Residents say that their street is the only purely residential street in the area, and that its "S" shape causes visibility problems.


The study would include traffic counts, speeds, intersections and how closing St. Mildred's would impact traffic in the area.

Crowley suggested that the city build speed "humps," rounded and raised areas on a street that force drivers to slow down. The speed hump is longer, usually 10 to 14 feet long, and that is what distinguishes it from a speed bump.

City Manager Darrell Blenniss said that speed humps would be included in the study.

Horror stories

Nearly all of the residents have horror stories about high-speed traffic. Maryanne and John Ward have lost a cat. Vince Pennington, who works in the law firm contracted by the city, said he was almost killed while mowing the lawn when someone drove up into his yard while trying to negotiate the tricky curve on the street.

There were two accidents on the street in 2003, in both instances someone backing out of a driveway hit a parked car.

This year there was an accident on St. Mildred's and Main streets, but the police say it was more of a Main Street accident because the driver on St. Mildred's pulled out from a stop sign.

Residents maintain that high-speeds on the street make it dangerous for the families that live there. Homeowners have offered to pay to have the street closed, create a cul-de-sac on the end and landscape it.

Three commissioners live within the study area: Commissioner Jamey Gay lives on 5th Street; Commissioner Terry Crowley lives on Lexington Avenue, across from St. Mildred's and Mayor John W.D. Bowling lives on Maple Avenue.

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