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When All Else Fails, Try Speed Cushions

When All Else Fails, Try Speed Cushions

PINAL COUNTY, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 07/28/08 -- Pinal County, AZ residents, frustrated with speeding on their streets, approached the municipality with a signed petition for traffic calming. The County's protocol for traffic calming, according to traffic engineer Jesus Haro, is to first use nonphysical ways to slow traffic down. The first step is generally signing and striping. Speed cushions are used when all else fails.

Speed cushions were first used in the county last summer. After numerous complaints and a neighborhood petition, Traffic Logix rubber speed cushions were installed on Magic Ranch Boulevard. The goal of the cushions was to address the problem of speeding cars on a residential thoroughfare. The County has since bought another three sets of three cushions for Quickdraw Way, which were installed at the end of June.

Speed cushions were chosen rather than speed humps because emergency vehicles can straddle them without significantly affecting response time. The rubber Traffic Logix products were chosen since they could be removed for construction and reinstalled. The rubber cushions are also already molded into the correct configuration, unlike asphalt, which needs to be carefully measured and is hard to regulate.

The locations that were chosen for the installation of the rubber speed cushions were areas where residents submitted petitions, which had to be signed by 70% of neighbors. An evaluation of the roads was then conducted. Both roads are long and straight, which gives motorists the opportunity to speed up despite the residential speed limit of 25 mph.

Residents on Magic Ranch Blvd, where the cushions have been installed since last year, are happy with the speed cushions and the positive effects they have on their neighborhood.

While the County prefers to use signing and striping to slow cars down, they are aware that these are not always effective. Traffic Engineer Jesus Haro commented, "We use speed cushions as a last resort when nothing else works." When asked if the cushions were effective, Haro added, "They are. Even when nothing else has worked, the speed cushions do the job."

To learn more about Traffic Logix speed cushions, visit the company website at www.trafficlogix.com.

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