Speed Warning Device

Speeding drivers won’t get a ticket but a wake up call from a flashing sign. It shows their speed driving north on 156th near State streets.

One driver said, “It would be very nice to have it safer around here.”
Last fall Six On Your Side investigated concerns of residents driving or walking across busy 156th and Reynolds. The Douglas County engineer’s office came up with a driver feedback sign as a solution. Using radar it displays your speed as you approach the hill with the intersection on the other side.

Deputy county engineer Dan Kutilek said, “Studies have shown these types of sign devices have slowed the traffic down 10 miles per hour.”

One resident in the Meadow Ridge area isn’t so sure. Susie Mercier said, “It’s a quick fix.” She contends a traffic stop light at 156th and Reynolds is the best answer.

The deputy county engineer said that’s a possibility in the future but the volume of cross traffic doesn’t warrant a traffic light yet.

A stop light would cost taxpayers $80,000 or more. The speed warning sign cost the county $3,600. It’s solar powered so it can be moved to other speed hot spots in the county.

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