The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

October 29, 2013

Richfield residents raise concerns about neighborhood traffic

By Shannon Beamon, Staff Writer

Tuesday, October 30, 2013 — At last night’s town meeting, residents of Richfield brought up their concerns about the speed of traffic on Lee Street.

The speed limit on the newly renovated street is 20 mph. However, residents regularly see vehicles exceeding the speed limit.

“I know people are doing at least 50 through there,” Lee Street resident Laura Ioder said.

Ioder has both a child and a dog who play outside.

“We walk a lot up and down that road and there’s been times when you have to jump to get out of the way,” Ioder said.

“Do you know if it’s people in the neighborhood or just people passing through?” Commissioner Terry Almond asked.

“It’s a mix of both,” Ioder said.

She can identify a few vehicles that speed through there regularly.

Ioder said she and some of her neighbors would be willing to pay for speed bumps along the street.

“We’ll need to ask DOT about their latest rules,” Mayor Jim Misenheimer said.

Misenheimer said that New London recently ran questions of legality after installing their own speed bumps a couple of years ago.

“We’d have to be careful,” Misenheimer said.

The town agreed to ask DOT about the situation.

In the meantime both commissioner Terry Almond and commissioner Floyd Wilson suggested putting up new signs along the road.

Ioder said she would welcome anything that would help.

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