On July 1, the Greenwood Village City Council was scheduled to decide whether to adopt the recommendation of its traffic engineering staff to say no to the request by residents to have two speed humps installed on South Gaylord Way.
Gaylord Way is a 25-home continuous curved street bound by Orchard Road on the north and University Boulevard on the east. Its residents have complained to GV officials as far back as 2002 about the large number of vehicles that use their street to avoid the traffic signal at the corner of Orchard Road and University Boulevard. They have also voiced concerns about speeding. Previous efforts to alleviate both problems have failed.
In 2017, residents renewed their complaints about speeding and cut-through traffic to city officials. City staff installed monitoring equipment that confirmed that 40 to 46 percent of the cars that drive on Gaylord Way use it as a cut-through street. Temporary speed humps were installed as a test. Data collected afterward showed lower speeds, but no significant reduction in cut-through traffic.
After the test, the city sent a survey to residents in December 2018 that asked if they wanted permanent speed humps. The survey was returned by 19 of the 25 households on the street; 17 of those said yes, they wanted them.
When the city council took up the issue on July 1, traffic engineering staff, in its report, recommended against installing permanent speed humps based on city policy. The engineering staff told city council that, based on the data collected “the neighborhood did not qualify for the traffic calming program due to speeds.” The documented speeds without the temporary speed humps installed as a test were 27-28 miles per hour, compared to the posted speed limit of 25 mph. According to Jeremy Hanak, GV public works director, “staff does not recommend speed humps at locations where the speed is within 2-3 mph of the posted speed limit.”
Staff stated in its report to city council that the neighborhood did qualify for traffic calming measures to tackle the significant level of cut-through traffic, but the data shows that speed humps are not effective for that purpose.
Nevertheless, citizens were resolute.
Gaylord Way residents Betty Thompson, Mike McCubbin, Earl Behnke, Sam Heilbronner, and Mark Overland appeared at the July 1 city council meeting to state their desire for permanent speed humps. They expressed strong concerns about the safety of children playing and numerous near-accidents that they and their families have experienced as a result of speeding on their street. Thompson, a 45-year resident of Gaylord Way, also pointed to the future, noting that the additional traffic that will be generated by the planned redevelopment of the nearby Southglenn Mall will exacerbate the problem.
City council members commended the residents for their excellent and courteous presentations and unanimously approved the installation of two permanent speed humps on Gaylord Way. In response to a question from city council, Zeke Lynch, senior project manager-transportation, said that the installation can be completed this year and the cost is $40,000.
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