Say ‘No’ to speed tables in Whitlock Heights
June 29, 2013 11:08 PM | 1271 views | 3 3 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

We have been residents of Whitlock Heights for many years and are not in support of the proposed speed tables, nor are the majority of our neighbors. We are aware there is some cut-through traffic during particular times of the day but not enough to install the number of speed tables proposed. It doesn’t matter if there is one or 17 speed bumps, the fact is this will not prevent the minimal cut-through traffic in our neighborhood.

The question is whether people living in this lovely community are aware speed tables will be a detriment to the value of their homes sold on and near the stated streets specifically where the speed tables are proposed to be located. This will have a large negative effect when you decide you want the best value for your home or when you decide to sell.

The homeowners may experience many problems with their vehicles, which will include more repairs than necessary. This does not include the air quality while each vehicle stops for each speed table.

Also, the time we really need for fire trucks, police vehicles, or ambulances to respond for services needed at your residence will delay the time to get to your home, which could possibly be tragic. We are all aware that they all respond through our neighborhood and will pass over these obstructions between our homes and Kennestone Hospital when time really matters.

Yes, there are other ways of regulating traffic flow; for example, a stop sign at Wood Valley and Hickory would be a great example. We are happy with police presence in our neighborhood. Everyone wishes we could see them more but we are really happy with their performance and enforcement techniques.

Please don’t listen to one or two loud squeaky wheels, and listen to the people so the police can do their job. The Marietta City Council should consider this rebuttal and vote “no” to speed tables in Whitlock Heights.

Hoyt and Geneva Ellison

Marietta

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Oh well
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August 12, 2013
For the times others cut through its the people who live there that have to deal with it everyday. Sure I hate dealing with the tables when I cut through, but at least its not in my neighborhood to always have to be bothered....LOL
JIm Warren
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July 08, 2013
Prior to living in lovely Whitlock Heights, I lived in a Decatur neighborhood that installed speed bumps. I can tell you first hand that it did NOT reduce the amount of traffic, nor truly slow cars down, as they often actually "sped up" between the tables.

Additionally, while selling my home, it was mentioned to my agent by one potential buyer that the speed bumps were a "concern" to them and that was one "negative" for them when comparing my home to others being considered.

While we all want a safe neighborhood for all residents, this is not the answer to cut through traffic, either. Most of the extraneous vehicle activity is, as mentioned in the letter, is by non-residents attempting to save time and avoid Whitlock/S. Loop interchange.

Would NO LEFT TURN cement curbing at Hazel, Northcutt, and MacDonald reduce the cut through? Maybe, and maybe not.

Would making Reynolds one way (east/out) be a solution? Perhaps.

Surely the city/county/state must have some civil engineer who can suggest effective deterrents to cut through traffic.

Until we address this cut-through issue (the root of the problem), we are really not going to solve anything with speed tables, while spending money in the process.

I would strongly suggest that we NOT go the way of the buffoons in Washington, and logically approach the root cause rather than apply topical ointments and speed-table bandaids expecting that to work.
Speed Humps
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June 30, 2013
I respectfully disagree with this opinion. There is more then some cut-through traffic in the neighborhood and it is only going to get worse.

I would love to see the research that speed humps are going to decrease the value of homes and have that big of an effect on the amount it time it takes emergency response vehicles to reach homes. What is really going to decrease the value of the homes is the fact that people fly through the neighborhood at a rate of speed that is astounding and have a total disregard for stop signs. Thus, making the neighborhood unsafe not just for other drivers, but for children playing in yards and people just out for a walk.

When is the last time you actually walked around the neighborhood during a high traffic time? It is scary how fast people drive up and down Kirkpatrick/Woodvalley and Hickory, and the countless side streets, with no regard to stop signs or people out walking.

If speed humps are going to decrease the cut through traffic and force people to slow down, which would make the neighborhood a safer place for everyone, I say bring them on. There is more than "one or two loud squeaky wheels" Mr. and Mrs. Ellison. It is time to face the facts.
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