Porterdale looks to put in speed humps

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

PORTERDALE -- An inquiry by an Ivy Street resident prompted the City Council to look for a simple solution to a problem that has plagued residents of that street for more than a year.

Jack Kottl spoke at the Dec. 14 City Council work session and asked elected officials why improvements to Ivy Street weren't included in the list of projects to be funded by a proposed special purpose local option sales tax. When the council approved its list of projects to be funded by the SPLOST that will go before voters in March, Ivy Street was not part of the $240,000 earmarked for transportation projects.

Kottl had initially asked the council in September 2009 to install speed humps on Ivy Street in order to deter speeders. At that time, Kottl said he had the support of 90 percent of the residents on the street for installation of the speed humps.

Engineer Marty Boyd, with the firm of Carter & Sloope, told the council in October 2009 that many of the streets in Porterdale needed overhauling. Boyd said that drainage problems on Ivy Street would need to be repaired first before speed humps were installed in order to avoid diverting water off the street. The council agreed that tackling repairs and improvements to Ivy Street in a comprehensive manner would have more impact than making minor repairs to a number of streets.

The Ivy Street project was planned to include installation of speed humps and striping, installation of signage, removal of existing curbing and asphalt, installing of new curb and gutter, installation of new asphalt, installation of sidewalks and landscaping. Council members had planned to use 2005 SPLOST funds for the project; however, the work was put on hold when the estimate to do the job totaled $377,000.

Kottl said this month he's looking for a low-cost solution to the speeding problem.

"Don't tell me it's going to take $300,000 to solve this problem. That's just being real grandiose," Kottl said.

Council members agreed to find a simpler, lower-cost solution and install the speed humps, even if it is a stop-gap measure. No timeline was set for completion of the work; however, City Manager Bob Thomson was instructed to follow up on the project.