New Road Humps Cause Controversy

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Earlier this year, road humps were added to Egyptian Way between Carrier Parkway and northwest 7th Street. The bumps are slowing down drivers -- but neighbors say they're speeding down other streets. (Published Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014)

    Katelyn Sprinkle lived on Egyptian Way all of her life. She said there has been several close calls due to careless drivers on her street.

    “A car has ended up in our front yard and our tree stopped it, so that was scary. I know it was a drunk driver, speed, lost control,” she said.

    Sprinkle said the new road humps are making a positive difference.

    “I walk 10 miles a day, I run around here, and I feel more safe without cars zooming past me,” she said.

    Since city workers installed three sets of road humps on Egyptian Way, the daily car count dropped by more than 400 and the average speed by more than 10 miles per hour.

    But some of that traffic is shifting to side streets like Danish Drive, where the daily car count went up by more than 135.

    “We’ve almost been hit, personally hit, because people are speeding through the neighborhoods,” said Lauren Schepp.

    Schepp said some cars aren’t obeying stop signs and said she reached out to city officials.

    Amy Sprinkles with the City of Grand Prairie said they are looking into residents’ concerns.

    “We are doing a study on those parallel streets. Police do patrol, if people are running stop signs, we do have measures police can patrol that area more closely,” she said.

    Sprinkles said while the road humps are making a positive change in the area overall, the city will work on making the neighborhood safe for everyone.

    “We’ll work with the residents to create a safe environment for their neighborhood and for the traveling public as well,” she said.

    Sprinkles also said 78 percent of residents living on that stretch signed a petition asking the city to place those road humps.

    She also said city workers investigated the area and learned there was a real need for the bumps there.