SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh has announced a pilot program to test out the effectiveness of speed humps in different city neighborhoods to keep families and children safe from speeding cars.
Sherri Rustay has lived on Stafford Avenue in the Eastwood Neighborhood all her life. At just the age of 6, her brother, playing outside with a neighbor, was hit and killed by a drunk driver.
“We’ve been trying since 1977 when my brother was killed to try and get something done. They put a stop sign there, a stop sign on Forest Hill, but they didn’t do anything here,” says Rustay.
However, on Friday the city installed it’s first speed hump on Stafford Avenue.
“We’ve heard loud and clear from neighbors right here on this block, as well as throughout the city, that this is a priority. This is not only a quality of life issue. It’s a safety issue,” says Mayor Ben Walsh, city of Syracuse.
The program is designed to collect data on how speed humps affect speed of cars, and radar speed readers will be placed in different areas before and after speed humps are put in place to see if speeds and vehicle counts change.
The pilot sites will include signage and pavement markings to alert drivers of the speed humps. The sites are listed below.
- Burnet Park Drive (Tipperary Hill Neighborhood – Park)
- Shonnard Street (Near West Side Neighborhood)
- Onondaga Park Drive (Strathmore Neighborhood – Park)
- Stafford Avenue (Eastwood Neighborhood)
- North Edwards Avenue (Eastwood Neighborhood
The city will use data collected to evaluate effectiveness of the humps, and decide other potential places they could be placed.
All of the speed humps are designed not to impede on emergency services and snow plowing operations. This is a part of the Department of Engineering’s Pedestrian Action Plan (PSAP), which will take effect later this year. The plan includes upgrades to crosswalks and the addition of more stop signs and traffic signals citywide to keep pedestrians safe.