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Bumps, Facelifts and Stripes Coming to City Streets

Work on traffic-improvements and repaved streets slated for spring.

Motorists may soon find their travels through Long Beach bumpier in some parts, but smoother in others, while pedestrians will see more clearly where to cross at intersections.

This spring the City of Long Beach plans to install more speed bumps, repave some streets and use more visible stripes to mark crosswalks and stop lines.

Kevin Mulligan, the commission of public works, said traffic studies will be conducted on West End streets to determine if they warrant speed “humps,” which are flatter, removable speed bumps.

“There is a whole procedure in place to evaluate the average speed on roads to put down the speed humps,” Mulligan said.

Last summer and fall the city studied a couple of single-lane West End streets and found that one of them, Vermont Street, didn’t warrant the humps.

Mulligan said some streets are not candidates for the humps — including Ohio, New York and Maryland avenues — due to the type of vehicles that use such streets, such as emergency vehicles and school buses, or to their lower volume of traffic.

City officials have dicussed putting the humps on Georgia and Minnesota avenues, and are now evaluating these streets.

The city will also look to get signed agreement from residents who would have the humps installed right outside their homes. 

“In other communities there’s been clamoring for speed humps, but once you put them down the folks are not too happy with the trucks or vehicles going over them and making noise,” Mulligan explained.

Some West End streets already have speed bumps and humps. They are put down in April and removed in November before snowplows hit the streets.

Meanwhile, just as speed humps will go down on some streets this spring, so will tape-like striping and paint to mark crosswalks and stop lines at traffic lights.

“It’s highly visible striping and costs a lot more [than paint], but it will last longer, about three to five years,” Mulligan said about the new product.

These new features will appear at intersections in the West End and throughout the city, particularly where new stop signs have been posted.

“It makes out streets safer and it beautifies the area,” said Rick Hoffman, president of the West End Neighbors Civic Association, at the organization's March 23 meeting.

The city plans to install crosswalks on East Broadway at Edwards Boulevard, and New York state would pay up to 95 percent of the work, Mulligan said. He also noted that the city might get a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency that would allow the city to designate a biking lane on its streets.

Among the streets to undergo reconstruction this spring is Illinois Avenue, from West Park Avenue to West Beech Street. If the project is delayed, however, it will commence in the fall, after the busy summer season, Mulligan said.

Other streets currently in the design stage are , all in the Canals neighborhood, and the 600 block of West Market Street.

Mulligan also said that National Grid will soon start work on Michigan Street, ripping up the street between West Park Avenue and West Beech Street, and once that work is completed the city will repave that section of road.  

John F. Hartnett March 30, 2011 at 08:19 PM
Louisiana Street needs speed bumps - it is the back street for West Elementary School and the huge playground facing Beech Street. Sadly, people use it as a speedy cut-through to Park Avenue to avoid lights, and during weekend evenings/nights people speed up it to find parking spots, and have just been "over-served" at one of the local establishments! Someone, probably a child, is going to get hurt - 40 to 50 MPH on a one-way, one lane side street is asking for disaster!
Colleen Horan-Green March 30, 2011 at 08:38 PM
New Hampshire Street is in dire need of speed bumps. We get a lot of traffic from Minnesota's (as well as other bar/restaurant traffic) often people rushing down the street because they couldn't find parking, want to beat the light, as well as late night patrons who drive at very high speeds and often impaired. Myself and neighbors alike have all suffered from smashed mirrors, many more than once and on more than one occasion I have witnessed drivers going down my street the wrong way at high speeds in the middle of the day. There are quite a few children on our block and whenever my son goes out, I have to be sure to be there as well to physically stand in the street to ensure slowing down of traffic. Displaying a slow down yellow figure is mostly completely useless. Of all the things that you can worry about regarding your child, for me, safety on our street is on the top of my list due to excessive speeding.
Elliot Pasik March 30, 2011 at 08:50 PM
We need bike lanes. Just about everywhere. That lady who works for Bloomberg should move to Long Beach. We have more bike riders here.
Anthony March 30, 2011 at 09:20 PM
The East end need some speed bump love as well. Folks speed on E Walnut Street just to avoid the lights as they drive east. Bike Lanes would be awesome!
toolittle March 30, 2011 at 09:24 PM
The south end of Maryland Avenue, between West Beech St. and Oceanview is in dire need of speed humps. There are many children on our block and TOO many speeding drivers.
Carol M March 30, 2011 at 09:34 PM
What is the effect of snow plows on speed humps? (or rather speed humps on snow plows)
patrick ryan March 30, 2011 at 09:52 PM
west hudson st ,east of lindell school ,needs some kind of traffic control. this street has many school children in the area and cars are constantly speeding down the street as a quick alternative to park ave. cars are constantly running or doing the "california roll " through the stop signs at the intersection of washington bvld and hudson st. it is a serious accident waiting to happen.lets prevent the tradegy before it happens.
Colleen Horan-Green March 30, 2011 at 09:57 PM
They now are using removeable speed bumps in LB which can be removed seasonally to avoid plow damages and can also be removed in other emergency cases.
Elliot Pasik March 30, 2011 at 10:18 PM
Hey, Nathan, I think you hit the "submit" button a little bit too early. Try again, buddy.
Dominic Ciano March 31, 2011 at 11:26 AM
I don't live on the West side I do live on the East side. Experiencing day after day traveling & walking here there are so many items that seem to be ignored. The roads here its another story so many side streets here need total repair not a slap a of tar to cover spots. Long Beach Rd & Broadway had a facelift but they just stopped in the middle. Riverside geez watch out. Speed Bumps on the full length of Broadway. On the same corner LB Rd & Broadway during the summer cars are making a right on the red while I'll say some police cars ignore it. At the LIRR the same thing at the stop sign cars glide through it while people crossing going to the Beach street. At MacDonalds why put a cross no standing in the box on the street if the theres no police. My last beef right now is Edwards ave you have hundreds of thousand of people walking to the Beach its Lawsuit waiting to happen the sidewalks and curbs are horrendous. Broken curbs & cracked concrete. The center island on Edwards should have benches and made more to have a Park look. At many crosswalks there should be signs "Stop for Pedestrians" and I mean Stop.
joanne March 31, 2011 at 04:39 PM
Speed bumps are desperately needed on Connecticut Ave. Between beech & park. It's used as a cut thru to get to C-Town from park ave.& to avoid traffic on beech street. Please save us some !!
Carol M March 31, 2011 at 11:29 PM
Thanks for the info on the removeable speed bumps. I definitely wouldn't have realized it. Too bad the STOP signs don't say, "And that means YOU!"
Gary April 01, 2011 at 03:11 AM
EAST PINE St. def needs humps!!! In fact I want a mechanical hump. I want to sit by my window and when I see some (insert derogatory term here) flying down the street, I want to be able to pull a lever or push a button, make a bump suddenly appear in road and watch with glee as there shocks are thrust up through their fenders and their stupid heads hit the roof!!!

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