Chipley City Council hears traffic concerns

Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 09:20 AM.

CHIPLEY — The Chipley City Council heard citizens’ concerns about speeding vehicles on Fifth Street on Tuesday, and by Wednesday afternoon the street had a fresh set of stripes.

“Fifth Street is nothing more than a speedway for people to avoid the light at Highway 90 and 77,” said Chipley resident Thomas Lancaster said. “In the last few months, we’ve had several accidents, and two of them were very serious, at the intersection of Fifth Street and Wells.”

Lancaster asked the council to consider putting a four-way stop at the intersection of Wells and Fifth, and to consider temporary three-way stops at other Fifth Street intersections, including the intersection at Forest and Fifth ßand Harrell and Fifth.

People routinely disregard the 25 mph speed limit on Fifth Street, Lancaster said, even though the street runs alongside Shivers Park. “There are always children and people walking the track in the park,” Lancaster said, “and a chain-link fence isn’t going to stop a vehicle that’s going 50 miles an hour and loses control.”

“We’ve been very fortunate and blessed that no one has been killed on that street,” Lancaster said. “If we can slow people down, we could very well be saving lives.”

Mayor Linda Cain said that traffic has increased on Fifth Street. “It’s a lot worse than it has been,” she said. “We had discussed putting stop signs there years ago but for some reason we never did it.”

“Traffic calming measures need to be studied,” City Administrator Dan Miner said. “We have to look at the traffic flow, the speeds, and a whole lot of factors.”

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