City will look at options, but speed bumps not a priority

City will look at options, but speed bumps not a priority

PAWTUCKET – City officials say they’ll review any and all further options for reducing speeding on local streets, but maintain that portable speed humps should only be used as a last result in accordance with longstanding city policy.

Public Works Director David Clemente, responding to a request for information from Councilor Tim Rudd and the rest of the council, said the city will be presenting a comprehensive list of factors for the council to review and discuss in the coming months, including policies, procedures, options, and costs.

Clemente attached memos from past years to this week’s council docket, including a response from former DPW Director Lance Hill responding to Rudd’s 2015 questions about utilizing portable speed bumps.

Clemente notes that the city’s current policy on speed bumps, establishing that they should only be put in as a last resort after a number of other steps are taken, has been in place since 2007.

In an April 2007 memo from former Pawtucket Police Maj. Arthur Martins to the council’s ordinance subcommittee, Martins attached the new policy stating that “speed humps will be considered as a last option if all other strategies do not result in the desired effect of reduced speeding.” That policy states that installation of such humps could only happen after it is determined whether stop signs should be increased and police have done extensive enforcement at those signs.

Former DPW Director John Carney, in a letter back in April 2007, stated that he hoped the city would follow the policies and procedures and that the requirements wouldn’t be circumvented. He said adding speed bumps would create problems, including on cost, manpower, and damage to streets as holes are made to secure the humps.

The current council, at Rudd’s request, asked North Providence officials about any damage caused to municipal equipment in that town due to hitting speed bumps, as that issue had been cited by officials as one reason not to install the traffic control devices, and North Providence Deputy Clerk Troy Campopiano responded that no trucks have been damaged by speed humps in that neighboring town.

In revisiting viable options to deter speeding, said Clemente in his July 15 memo to the council, the city and administration are looking to take a holistic approach to ensure that all intended and unintended benefits of decisions are taken into consideration.

“The topic of speed bumps was first raised by the Pawtucket City Council in 2006, said Clemente, and leaders at that time worked together to come up with the current policies the city follows on speed bumps.