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Speed humps get mixed reviews

Obstacles part of a study to determine best way to slow traffic

Posted: April 6, 2009 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 6, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Whether the temporary speed humps on Benz Road are a good thing is apparently all a matter of perception.

Their purpose, of course is to slow, and maybe even reduce, traffic on the street, which connects Copper Hill Drive and Bouquet Canyon Road.

The temporary speed humps - like speed bumps, but with a more gentle profile - have graced Benz Road and several side streets, including Alaminos and Canterwood drives, since the end of February, Santa Clarita spokeswoman Gail Ortiz said.

So far, she said, the reviews on the humps have been mixed.

City officials have been contacted by 21 residents, Ortiz said. Those phone calls and e-mails included nine negative comments and nine positive - plus a few requests for speed humps from residents who live outside the Benz Road area.

Ortiz said the positive responses noted a decrease in both traffic speed and volume.

The negative effects reported, she said, have been that the humps are noisy when vehicles pass over them.

"It's made a lot of noise," said Benz Road resident Sharon Natoli, who lives near the intersection of Dan Court. "A lot of people wish they could move."

Natoli has lived in the development for roughly 30 years, and said the speed humps have done nothing to affect the volume of traffic that passes through the neighborhood.

"I'm not sure that there is a solution," she said. "I guess you either have to suck it up and either move (or live with it)."

In addition to the speed humps, there are no right turns allowed from Copper Hill to Benz Road or Buckhorn Lane between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays. This means, for example, that commuters driving on Copper Hill from Interstate 5, with homes south of Benz Road, must drive past Benz and then backtrack.

Once the present speed hump study period ends, Ortiz said traffic engineers will study the results.

After that, the city will perform a three-month traffic study which retains the speed humps but gets ride of the right-turn restrictions.

"We want to make sure these streets are safe," Ortiz said.

Ultimately, she said, this is a matter of finding a balance between quality of life and convenience.

"Everybody's going to have to give up a little to have something that's workable and livable," she said.


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