Fort Worth speed humps getting flattened, one by one

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on June 11, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 12 at 12:17 AM

FORT WORTH — At one time, there were more than 1,200 speed humps in the City of Fort Worth. But that number is decreasing by the week, thanks to a little-known city decision.

In late December, the city's Transportation and Public Works Department was instructed by the City Council to no longer replace any speed humps impacted by road resurfacing.

It means grandparents like Gailan Leck are left living on a residential street that still has speed hump signs, but nothing to actually slow down drivers. 

"It's confusing," said Leck, who lives on Galemeadow Drive in the southern part of the city. "I want to know why. No one around here had any idea."

In 2009, the city decided to discontinue its speed hump program. But many drivers may not have been aware — or even noticed a difference — until this spring, when street resurfacing began and suddenly speed humps went missing because of the December decision.

"I was wondering if they were ever going to put the speed humps back in; it hasn't happened," said Tina Balderas, who also lives in south Fort Worth.

Alonzo Linan, the city's assistant director of public works, said in an e-mail to News 8 that the most recent decision was made because of "...growing opposition and mixed support for their use."

The city said the choice was an extension of the 2009 decision to do away with the larger program.

A quick Google search will find drivers from all of the country complaining about the effects speed humps have on their cars. There are also well documented concerns over the impact of the "traffic calming" mounds on emergency response times.

Even the National Traffic Safety Board says there are mixed opinions on the effectiveness.

Leck says the humps were never a problem in his area, where just about every other house is filled with a young family.

"If it was already there, I don't get it," he said.

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