Franklin Resident Concerned About Speeding in City

| December 5, 2017

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – For the second consecutive month, city resident Robert Cerro addressed the Franklin city council about speeding on Otter Street between 13th and 14th streets after council approved making Franklin Avenue one way between those two streets.

“It has not reduced since last month,” Cerro said at Monday’s council meeting. “I’m still advocating speed humps. I know Mr. Marshall said that they create a lot of noise with bigger trucks, but I drive a freezer truck, and I checked it out, and if you go over them at the right speed, it doesn’t make much noise.”

Marshall said he thinks speed humps would work but that he has some concerns including the fact they would need to be put in in groups of three, and signage would have to go up. He also doesn’t want residents to come back and complain about the noise.

“I think it would solve your problem 80 percent,” Marshall said. “I just don’t want the residents to come back and say the noise is too much.”

City manager Tracy Jamieson said that the street should be scheduled to be paved with 2018 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money, but that wouldn’t likely happen until 2019 and that speed humps could be installed at that time.

“I know that doesn’t help you right now,” Jamieson said.

Jamieson did say she thought a stop sign being put up at 14th and Elk streets could solve the problem.

“I think that would be the best way short of the speed hump,” Jamieson said.

Councilman Mike Dulaney asked how a stop sign would go up.

“It takes an ordinance,” Jamieson said.

Councilman Fred Mays said he thought a stop sign would be cheaper and easier to install than the speed humps.

“I think a little study is in order,” Jamieson said. “The chief has said his feeling is there isn’t speeding on Otter, but because of how narrow the street is it feels like there is. The speed limit is 25 miles per hour, but we can’t lower it anymore.”

Cerro said he believes the cars are going faster than 25 mph and that he sees three or four or five cars speeding in a row.

“There are too many children (in the area of the street),” Cerro said. “Someone will get hit. I’ve had to jump out of the way more than once. Some people are responsible, but I would say about 30 percent speed, and it’s most frequently in the morning.”

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