HYATTSVILLE – The city police have rejected a citizen petition to add speed bumps and other traffic calming devices at Burlington Road and 46th Avenue after conducting a 168-hour study between May 19 and May 26. Hyattsville Chief of Police Douglas Holland said the vehicle speeds on the roads observed during the study do not […]
HYATTSVILLE – The city police have rejected a citizen petition to add speed bumps and other traffic calming devices at Burlington Road and 46th Avenue after conducting a 168-hour study between May 19 and May 26.
Hyattsville Chief of Police Douglas Holland said the vehicle speeds on the roads observed during the study do not justify the addition of speed bumps. The average speed on both roads ranged between 22-26 miles per hour, Holland said, while the speed limit is 25 miles per hour.
Holland suggested the addition of signs reading “Caution: Children at Play” to cause drivers to slow.
Burlington Road resident Milton Zeroth said during a public hearing Monday the average speed of the street may have been 22 miles per hour, but he has observed cars going much faster.
“If I park my car on Burlington Road I have to time getting out of my car so I don’t get run down,” Zeroth said.
Holland said the police department received approximately 60 readings of drivers going more than 60 miles per hour down Burlington Road. He said this could be partially due to a misreading by the devices.
“There are four devices placed on Burlington Road,” Holland said. “There could actually only be 30 cars going over 60, but some of the devices may have registered the drivers twice.”
Holland said the police could reconsider suggestions for speed bumps if more complaints are received, but said no complaints directly relating to the speed of cars on Burlington Road and 46th Avenue have been received since January.
Hyattsville City Councilwoman Candace Hollingsworth encouraged her colleagues to travel down Burlington Road to understand the circumstances residents faced.
“It’s very hard for even a cautious driver to drive more than 20 miles per hour down Burlington Road without hitting something,” Hollingsworth said. “The roads are very narrow and there are a lot of children at play.”
Burlington Road is a narrow road and many of the residents do not have driveways, according to resident Shane Perry.
“I don’t see how additional signs would help,” Perry said. “We already have speed signs and people don’t follow those.”
Perry advocated adding speed bumps, saying the situation should be handled before someone gets injured or dies.
“It only takes one fast car to mow down someone trying to cross the street,” Perry said.
Burlington resident Yashmina Reed agreed with the complaints addressed at the meeting. She said she thought a lot of the commercial traffic was due to the repair shop at the end of Burlington Road.
“From 2011 to 2013, we had to have two vehicles towed from being struck by another car [on Burlington Road],” Reed said. “Our neighbor’s vehicle was totalled after being struck by a car.”
Burlington Road is a no-outlet street. The intersection of Burlington and 46th Avenue holds a park, where, according to citizens, many children frequent.
Hyattsville resident Alfredo Ratinoff said he also had seen his share of horror on Burlington Road.
“I screamed to get a person to stop before they hit a kid with a bike,” Ratinoff said.
The Council did not vote on the issue, and no further discussion has been scheduled.