Residents express safety concerns on Stewart Road

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COLUMBIA - After three years, residents on Stewart Road are seeing changes to their neighborhood speeding problem. 

Columbia Public Works Engineer Lee White said residents signed a petition in 2013 for "traffic calming". On Wednesday, concerned residents and drivers met at the Daniel Boone Regional Library to talk about possible solutions. 

"The operating speeds are higher than desired for the roadway. Obviously the speed limit is set at 30 miles per hour, and our data shows that the vehicle is traveling faster than that," White said.  

The standard neighborhood speed is 25, but the limit is set to 30 because Stewart connects to two major roads. 

Micheal Underwood has lived on Stewart Road for 35 years. He said speeding has been a problem for a long time and keeps getting worse.

"The majority of people go over the speed limit. I see it every day," Underwood said.  

The city collected data in 2014 and found residents claims to be true. 

"We have 85th percentile speeds on Stewart Road that are between 39 and 40 miles an hour throughout the roadway," White said. 

Many residents expressed concern for neighborhood children, cyclists and pedestrians. Attendees discussed options for change in the meeting and heard an overview of the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program. 

"At tonight's meeting we are going to be information gathering. We are going to be listening to residents, see what their concerns are out there," White said.   

White said the city will take the ideas discussed Wednesday and then create potential plans for residents to review.