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Neighborhood wants speed humps to slow north Raleigh cut-through traffic

Posted September 3, 2014

— Town and Country Road is less than a mile long, but it's a well-known short-cut for north Raleigh drivers looking to shave some time and distance off their travels.

"It's a way to avoid lights," resident Patricia Becker said of the street, which connects Millbrook Road and Lead Mine Road.

About 5,200 vehicles drive on Town and Country Road on an average day, and residents complain that many of them are going faster than the posted 30-mph speed limit.

"They go 55 (mph) and above," Becker said.

Fed-up residents have circulated a petition to persuade city officials to install four speed humps on the street to slow traffic, and 90 percent of the homeowners on Town and Country Road have signed the petition.

"We want it to be safe. No offense to anybody, but we just want them to slow down, and the street signs alone aren't doing it," resident Erika Rosenthal said. "The worst thing you can do is speed through a neighborhood that has a lot of children and foot traffic and hurt somebody."

The proposal is modeled after nearby Shelley Road, where Raleigh installed speed humps two years ago.

Although they recognize the danger posed by speeding traffic, some drivers said they don't like the prospect of losing a quick cut-through.

"I personally don't like speed humps, especially on roads like this, busy intersections like that," driver Jennifer Hanson said.

There isn't a timetable for Raleigh's Department of Public Works to take up the petition. If the department supports the speed humps, the City Council will have the final say on whether to approve the plan.


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  • James McFetridge Sep 5, 2014
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    People tailgate you on that road, too, if you try to follow the speed limit. Too many aggressive drivers in N. Raleigh -- end of story.

  • cdurham Sep 4, 2014

    Speed humps aren't as rough on cars as speed bumps, so don't worry. We have them in our neighborhood and they are great! If people respected the existing speed limits they wouldn't be needed.

  • Sep 4, 2014

    I'm sure the sight of "speed humps" would slow down most traffic. Might just work, but you'll need more folks, or only let traffic through after 8 hours sleep and a bowl of wheaties.

  • majorgiles Sep 4, 2014

    They need some over on Daniels Street or at least some traffic enforcement. It is crazy over there too.

  • Terry Watts Sep 4, 2014
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    Pulling a car over reduces that car's speed to 0mph...

  • Forthe Newssite Sep 4, 2014
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    No sidewalks.....all the MORE reason for the speed bumps

  • Forthe Newssite Sep 4, 2014
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    Yes, neighborhood. A small one to be sure but those houses have been there a long time before the mcmansions. Speed bumps would NOT be a bad thing on that stretch. I use it from time to time and would have no problem. Wish they were on my street. The protect kids, pets AND people-works for me

  • Leslie Nance Sep 4, 2014
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    I couldn't have said this better myself! Don't break the law and then complain about the speed humps, find another route or SLOW DOWN!

  • sinenomine Sep 4, 2014

    Not certain what part of Millbrook this is but the portion between Six Forks Road and Falls of the Neuse Road is already a speed trap worthy of Waldo, Florida. I have suggested that the owners of Quail Corners Shopping Center at the corner of Millbrook and Falls of the Neuse need to charge the Raleigh Police Department rent considering the number of motorists pulled over on its premises to receive citations. My friends and family call that street of road the Valley of Death.

  • Fanny Chmelar Sep 4, 2014
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    That road has been that way for as long as I can remember. Speed humps damage cars and the street, make the streets unattractive, and increase gas consumption (slowing down and speeding up between them). On top of that, some drivers slow to about 1mph to go over them, creating traffic backups (5,200 cars a day!)

    This is a bad idea.

    Police: do your job. Millbrook is a great speed trap and it keeps people in order.