Middletown officials will have new guidelines to address the placement of ways to control speed on the town’s streets after approving a new policy and revising another one Monday night.
The town’s commissioners voted unanimously to approve a change to the town’s policy on where raised crosswalks can be placed, and to adopt new standards for the placement of speed tables on town streets.
Speed tables are wider than typical speed bumps, and can better get drivers’ attention because of their width.
The issue came up recently with the consideration of whether to put a speed table on Broad Street, which connects Main Street and Franklin Street, to address complaints from residents about drivers speeding there.
The street will be reconstructed regardless of whether a speed table is added.
The project is estimated to cost $1.2 million, but it’s not clear how much a speed table would cost until drainage and other details are figured out.
The Broad Street project brought the issue up for discussion, but the final say on whether to adopt the new policy would rest with the commissioners, Town Administrator Drew Bowen said Monday night.
He and Burgess John Miller stressed that the changes were just policies, and could be changed by a future board of commissioners if needed.
The change to the raised crosswalk policy specifies that the crosswalks aren’t recommended to be placed in the middle of a block, and shouldn’t be used for speed control.
The policy for speed tables includes that they should:
- Be put only on new or reconstructed roads,
- Be put only where the speed limit is 25 mph.
- Be installed only where the input of people who live nearby has been sought.
The town’s commissioners will have to approve all locations where a table would be installed.
Middletown resident Bob Smart said he liked that towns officials are making the change when there’s not an immediate need.
Having the policy established before a problem arises is a good idea, he said.
Commissioner Rick Dietrick asked whether it makes sense to put the tables only on new or reconstructed roads.
While that makes sense, he said, he wondered what they should do if an issue comes up on an older road where a speed table might make sense.