New process for adding speed bumps: Ask the neighborhood residents

New process for adding speed bumps: Ask the neighborhood residents

NORTH PROVIDENCE – The Town Council is employing a fresh strategy in determining whether to add traffic control speed bumps in local neighborhoods: Ask the residents and let them decide.

Council President Dino Autiello, at the Oct. 2 council meeting, said officials have sought “constant enforcement” from police on Humbert Street, which is used as a cut-through between Woonasquatucket Avenue and Fruit Hill Avenue.

Autiello sought a discussion and a possible vote on a new permanent speed bump on Humbert, saying a lack of curbing on the street makes it difficult for residents there to even walk their dogs.

The speeding problems never end on Humbert, he said, and the “constant battle” involving calling police for enforcement and adding temporary speed bumps in summertime “just doesn’t seem effective.”

When some residents on Hillside Drive previously requested a permanent speed bump on that cut-through road, officials told them 51 percent of those living on the street would need to sign a petition asking for it and then come back before the council to request that it be put in, noted the council president.

Letters went to every resident asking for feedback, and more than 90 percent responded, he said. Of those, more than half did not want the device installed, “so we did not put one in.”

Autiello said he’d like the same process followed on Humbert, asking for and receiving a motion to send a letter to all residents on Humbert. Councilor Stephen Feola mentioned also contacting the few businesses on the street, so those were added. Aerial mapping shows nearly 50 homes and businesses along Humbert Street.