City considers options to slow cut-through traffic

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By Amber Coulter

An Elizabethtown woman wants help to slow down drivers.

Blair Wagner said cars often drive too fast on a small alley next to her house at 311 Helm St. The narrow, one-lane alley is less than 0.1 mile long and adjacent to three houses.

The alley connects the section of Helm Street between Thomas and South Miles streets to the section of Strawberry Alley between South Maple and South Miles streets.

Wagner said traffic from businesses on Dixie Avenue and residents who live nearby is regular. She told City Council members Monday that she’s afraid a member of her family or one of her neighbors will be struck by a vehicle driving too fast through the cut-through.

She first thought posted signs saying the drive was private or motorists should slow down would help. Then, she worried foliage and houses along the cut-through would make the signs hard to see.

There is no posted speed limit on the alley, which means the assumed speed limit is 25 mph. Wagner thinks that’s too fast and she has been discussing possible solutions with city officials.

Wagner asked council members whether it’s possible to put a speed bump or hump in the alley to deter drivers from speeding there.

She said she received a quote of $1,000 for a speed bump. She asked whether the city could cover half the cost if she found a lower quote.

Mayor Tim Walker said the city already has ordered signs advising drivers not to speed through the area. He said the city can send letters to area businesses telling them not to speed on the cut-through.

Council member Ron Thomas suggested the letters could tell business owners the road will be closed if the problem persists.

Council members discussed closing the alley, but that would limit a homeowner’s access to a garage.
Walker said officials will further discuss possible options for solving the problem.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.