Detour Sends Traffic Speeding Through Neighborhood

When it comes to road work, progress in one area of town brings frustration to another. We're talking about 144th and Blondo, where 26,000 vehicles a day passed through before the work started. Where did all that traffic end up?

“It’s like wow, slow down.” After 34 years living on Eldorado Drive, Jan Daniels sees more drivers going out of their way. “If you yell at them to slow down they'll flip you off. Sorry, it’s like come on people, we're trying to protect children.”

The reconstruction of Blondo has forced traffic onto the drive that winds through the neighborhood of family homes and one new trailer. Responding to neighborhood concerns about speed, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department has parked a radar trailer on a curve along Eldorado Drive.

“As they approach the curve and came into the radar's pattern they did slow down,” says Douglas County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jay Wingler. The speed limit is 25 and drivers can see if they're going over.

While the trailer gives drivers a heads up to slow down, there will also be deputies patrolling the area to provide a more serious warning. Some residents see the trailer catching drivers’ attention.

“Hopefully, helps people be more aware of their speed.”

“I sure hope it works. There's been a lot more traffic up this street since they started work.”

If the speed trailer doesn't slow drivers, there are three, temporary four-way stops along Eldorado Drive. Daniels says drivers can't miss the message. “They need to slow down. Just because the speed limit is 25 doesn't mean you have to go 25 mph.” On Eldorado Drive, detouring drivers need to keep kids on their radar.

Something else that should help with the problem is the sanitary improvement district for the neighborhood plans to re-install more speed bumps. Some had to be removed for winter plowing.

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