• Requesting stop signs, speed bumps in Charlotte neighborhoods could get easier

    By: Mark Barber


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte city leaders are considering several changes to make neighborhood streets safer.

    “They are definitely going too fast. It’s like a racetrack.”

    Sylester Good has lived in the Hidden Valley neighborhood since 1973. He said he’s been asking for more stop signs and speed bumps for those 45 years but hasn’t seen change.

    "We've been waiting. That's the problem,” Good said. “People down here, they have four to five kids. They don't have sidewalks to play on, so they play out in the street."

    On Monday night, Charlotte City Council will hear a recommendation from the transportation committee to lower the speed limit in residential neighborhoods from 35 mph to 25 mph.

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    Leaders will also consider making it easier for neighbors to get those new stop signs and speed bumps.

    "Not a bad thing. I don't think so. Not a bad thing at all,” driver Paul Jones said.

    Right now, entire neighborhoods have to sign petitions to get speed bumps.

    The new policy would require a signature from just one homeowner.

    The city would also make it easier to get stop signs by reducing the required amount of traffic volume from 2,500 cars a day to 1,500 cars a day.

    The changes could got into effect as early as next month, when the full council is expected to give their final vote.

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