Residents Open to Speeding Solution
Todd Houts, a resident of the Quail Creek subdivision, has no available parking in front of his house. He gave up his potential spot on Rainbow Trout Dr. in hopes to help control speeding on his street.
"There's been excessive speeds ever since the subdivision was built," he said.
Cars on Houts' street have been clocked at over 70 mph.
The first solution was to paint zig-zag lines in the road, but that didn't faze fast drivers. The next and current option uses poles that block half of the road so that drivers must slow down if there is traffic.
Neighbors say it's just another attempt that won't work.
"This one, we feel, isn't aggressive enough, because we have not noticed a reduction in the speed of traffic much," said Quail Creek resident Debbie Day.
"There's probably always going to be speeding issues, and we don't know if we'll resolve it 100 percent, but we're certainly going to try," said Jill Stedem, Columbia public information specialist.
If the pole system keeps drivers under 40 mph, the city will keep them in Quail Creek, but if not, they will go back to the drawing board. The final version would have concrete curbs and guttering and landscape according to Paul Bunch, president of the Quail Creek Neighborhood Association.
The poles could cost as much as $45,000 and Todd Houts' parking.
"I would be willing to have them put a permanent device in front of my home," said Houts. "It's gonna have to slow them down too, and if it doesn't, I'm unwilling to sacrifice the parking in front of my home."
City engineers plan to test the poles out for at least another two months. The neighbors say they don't mind being patient while the city figures out a solution.