South Burlington Street Gets a Makeover, New Speed Bumps

By Megan Carpenter |

Published 07/28 2014 07:10PM

Updated 07/28 2014 07:46PM

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt.- A quiet street in South Burlington has suffered from flooding problems and people speeding.  The Department of Public works is giving part of Laurel Hill Drive an $85,000 makeover.  This includes putting in new speed bumps.

"We were able to work with a few property owners just above this location to move one of the speed bumps, but other than that, the three speed bumps will be re-installed," says South Burlington's Director of Public Works, Justin Rabidoux.

Since 2004, Laurel Hill Drive has been equipped with speed bumps.  Three new, shorter ones will be installed by August as part of a large paving project  Rabidoux says opinions about the new bumps vary, though many homeowners are in favor of slowing down traffic.

"I think most of the neighborhood recognizes the need for some sort of speed deterrent because of the through traffic we get on the road," says homeowner Maureen Henderer.

Some residents say they see drivers hitting up to 15 miles per hour over the existing speed limit of 25 miles per hour. 

"It's easy to come down that hill too fast and see the light there, so what happens is without paying attention, it's not 25 you're doing," says homeowner Stan Bradeen.  "It's 35 or 45." 

Shorter bumps will also allow storm water to drain properly, a previous problem the street had.  Laurel Hill Drive has been re-paved to have a high point, or "crown" in its center to prevent water from pooling in the street.

"Standing water causes all sorts of problems, including contributing to the formation of potholes." says Rabidoux.  

The 2 week project is being funded through the Department of Public Works general fund, which is supported by taxpayers. 

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