For those residents who want speed humps on their street, Feb. 28 was a day they have long been waiting for. That’s when the L.A. Department of Transportation began a 45-day-long application period to collect requests for the asphalt humps designed to deter speeding. But speed hump season looks like it’s going to be a very competitive.
For one thing, there might be a lot of pent up demand for speed humps because the city went several years without building them until the City Council restored the program last year.
Also, humps will be approved in only two locations in each council district – so only 30 sites citywide. Second, according to the Speed Hump Evaluation Guidelines, each application needs the support and signatures of at least 10 residents. Third, only 30 applications per council district will be accepted.
Those speed hump nominees will then be evaluated and ranked based on need, a process that could take two or three months.
Keep in mind that there also restrictions on where speed bumps can be built:
- Speed humps can only be installed on streets with speed limits of 30 mph or less and the 85th percentile speed is more than 5 mph above the speed limit.
- The daily volume on the street should be greater than 1,000 vehicles per day (VPD), but not more than 10,000 VPD.
- Speed humps cannot be installed on designated truck or transit routes or on any street identified as a primary emergency route.
- There should be a minimum of 600 feet between controlled intersections, where at least 2 speed humps can be installed.
- Speed humps should not be installed on streets where there are known drainage/flooding issues.
- Speed humps cannot be installed on horizontal curves where visibility is less than 150 feet in both directions.
If you think your street qualifies, here’s the application.
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