Middletown is looking at several solutions to address speeding by drivers on Broad Street, including adding a speed bump.
Broad Street residents are open to any measures to control the speed of vehicles on the road, Town Administrator Drew Bowen said at a meeting of the town’s commissioners Monday night.
Town engineers will come up with a design for how and where a so-called speed table could be installed on the street, and the design will be presented at a future town workshop.
Speed tables are wider than typical speed bumps and get drivers’ attention better, Bowen said.
Bowen said Broad Street will be reconstructed whether a speed table is added or not. The estimated cost of the full project is $1.2 million, but an exact price for just the speed table installation can’t be determined until drainage and other details are worked out.
The problem is worse on the southern section of the road, where it widens as it approaches Franklin Street and drivers can pick up speed, Bowen said. Broad Street connects Main Street to Franklin Street in town.
Whatever solution is chosen, residents would like the width of the road to remain the same, said Ron Moss, who lives on Broad Street.
But if a speed table can be incorporated without narrowing the street, he would be interested in seeing what the options are, Moss said.
Moss said the street sees a fairly large number of drivers and speeders.
The town is drafting a policy for speed tables on its streets, which Bowen said they need before they can add one to the Broad Street design.
The town’s draft policy calls for the devices to be installed only on new roads or roads that are being rebuilt, and the input of surrounding property owners will be sought.
The draft also says that the town’s director of public works will recommend a location to the commissioners, who will approve all locations where a speed table is planned to be put in.
Commissioner Jennifer Falcinelli noted that installing the larger speed tables on existing streets can be expensive and can cause drainage problems.
Commissioner Larry Bussard asked where a speed table might go on Broad Street, to avoid interference with residents’ driveways and other structural issues.
The devices work best when they’re installed in the middle of the block, but town engineers would have to figure out where the best spot would be to put one on Broad Street, Bowen said.
Bussard pressed for a design to be brought to an upcoming workshop to get the process started, noting that the town’s engineers have a number of other projects to work on as well.