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Knoxville seeks ideas to cut down on speeding drivers

11:30 PM, Aug 21, 2013   |    comments
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The city of Knoxville is taking up a new effort to put the brakes on speeding in some of its neighborhoods.

In September and October, the city will hold meetings to hear residents' opinions on the best ways to make drivers slow down.

Knoxville Neighborhoods Coordinator David Massey said speeding on residential streets is routinely one of the top issues the city hears about.

"We're asking the public to come back and tell us, where are the speeding problems, what do you see as possible solutions," he said.

Right now, the city tries to slow drivers with police surveillance,  and by lowering speed limits and installing rumble strips.

Massey said until 2009, Knoxville also built physical devices like traffic circles and islands to cut speed. But, he said the city stopped doing that due to cost.

Old North Knoxville wasn't opposed to speed humps and traffic circles when they got them about 15 years ago.

Old North Knoxville resident Ernie Roberts said they did their job.

"The humps, the islands, they all work together for a common purpose and honestly, we're very grateful," he said. "To my knowledge, we haven't had any injuries or deaths in our neighborhood due to traffic."

The city said it would entertain building them again if residents say they want them at the meetings, but West Knoxville resident Ronnie Wilson said such a measure might not work in his subdivision.

"I think it may affect the traffic flow a little worse than you might think," he said.

Massey said the city hopes to unveil a website with more information by this September.

You can find more information on the meetings below.

  • North Knoxville
    Monday, September 16, 5:30 p.m.
    Church of the Good Shepherd
    5337 Jacksboro Pike
  • South Knoxville
    Monday, September 30, 6 p.m.
    Woodlawn Christian Church
    4339 Woodlawn Pike
  • West Knoxville
    Thursday, October 10, 6 p.m.
    Arnstein Jewish Community Center
    6800 Deane Hill Drive
  • Northwest Knoxville
    Monday, October 14, 6 p.m.
    Northwest Middle School
    5301 Pleasant Ridge Road
  • East Knoxville / City Center
  • Tuesday, October 22, 5:30 p.m.
    John T. O'Connor Senior Center
    611 Winona Street

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