Chipley City Council hears traffic concerns

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

“DOT can do so much more with data gathering than we can,” Police Chief Kevin Crews said. “They have the capability to do an traffic study a lot more than we have.” Crews said the state Department of Transportation has provided studies of traffic on city streets in the past.

The mayor asked Crews if the city could put stop signs up. “We can put them anywhere we want, but it shouldn’t be based on an opinion, but should be based on facts,” Crews said.

Stop signs in and of themselves are not speed deterrents, Crews said.

“We just need to do something, folks, to make people aware that they need to slow down,” Lancaster said.

Resident Cheryl Gainer McCall reminded the council that she had addressed them about speeding traffic on Fifth Street back in October as well. “The family that had all the children on my street moved in November so it wasn’t quite as pressing an issue then,” she said. “We still have issues up and down that street.”

Resident Stacy Watford said she is a civil engineer, and she looked at the DOT reports and learned that some of the data is estimated instead of actual observations.

“If you ask DOT to do a study, make sure they actually do data collections and not just estimates,” she said.

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