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Queen St. Residents Applaud Speed Tables For Traffic Control

A small group of Queen Street residents attended a Police Commission session this week to thank that agency, which serves as the local traffic authority, for having had five permanent speed tables installed on the southern section of the mile-long street that links Church Hill Road to Mile Hill Road.

The town recently installed two new speed tables on Queen Street, bringing to five the number of such speed-calming devices on the north-south road. The town installed the initial three speed tables late last year.

Construction of the five permanent speed tables followed tests there with temporary speed tables to gauge the devices’ effects on the area.

Queen Street area residents have long complained to the Police Commission about speeding motorists on that road, posing hazards to pedestrians. The speed limit there is 25 mph.

Lisa Floros of 32 Queen Street said she has been pursuing traffic safety measures for Queen Street for more than 15 years.

Although speed tables are not attractive, they have been effective in terms of reducing travels speeds on the southern section of the road, which has no sidewalks, she said.

Traffic now moves more slowly there, she stressed.

Ms Floros added, however, that some drivers upset by the presence of speed tables honk their horns as they drive over the asphalt devices.

Ms Floros urged Police Commission members to better communicate the commission’s views on speed tables, to publicly discuss “traffic calming” measures, and to generally provide public leadership on such issues.

Jill Beaudry of 36 Queen Street said that initially she did not want speed tables installed on Queen Street, but then decided that placing such devices on the street was worth trying.

The speed tables have proved to be successful in holding down travel speeds, she said.

Ms Beaudry noted that Queen Street children walk along that street, adding that there have been pedestrian accidents there in which children have been injured by vehicles.

She said she lives on a section of the street that lies between two speed tables. She said that the noise created by disgruntled motorists who honk their horns while traveling through the area is “ridiculous.”

Children are “stressed” by the sound of such honking horns, she said. “It’s shame,” she said.

John Boccuzzi of 61 Queen Street said that speed tables are effective devices for speed control. “It’s made huge difference on the street,” he said.

Some people appear to be angry about the presence of speed tables, but it is unclear why, he said.

Michael Floros of 32 Queen Street said that the devices “have tremendously slowed traffic.” He suggested the installation of sidewalks there to improve conditions.

Police Commission Chairman Paul Mangiafico said that the current Police Commission decided to commit itself to solving Queen Street’s traffic problems, agreeing that speed table installation was the measure needed.

The honking of automotive horns does not pose a problem as serious as speeding vehicles, he observed.

Mr Mangiafico suggested that Queen Street residents obtain the marker plate numbers of motorists who honk their horns so that police can discuss the matter with such drivers.

Opponents of Queen Street speed tables have put forth false information on the costs of the devices, greatly overstating the costs involved, he said.

Police Captain Joe Rios said that if police obtain the marker plate numbers of drivers who honk their horns in protest of speed tables, police would go to those motorists’ homes to explain the need for speed tables.

“It’s unnecessary,” he said of the horn noise.

In response to complaints about traffic speeds on Queen Street, police conducted a traffic enforcement crackdown there in the winter of 2012.

During a 20-day period, police stopped 369 drivers on Queen Street for various violations. Those violations primarily involved speeding. Among those 369 motor vehicle stops, police issued three misdemeanor summonses, 166 infraction tickets, 155 written warnings, and 45 verbal warnings.

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Lack of tests on Queen Street

Test were done after the two bumps were put in, but no additional tests have been done since they increase the number to five. Significant diversion to other roads is occuring and it does not appear that the Police Commission cares.

The other side of the story

Its a shame the author of this bee article was not more ambitious. There is clearly another side of this story. ,I wonder why both sides of the issue were not covered, maybe more political pull on the part of the queen street residents. There must be a reason they are blowing there horns, how about reporting both side of the scandal?

Horns for safety!!

I am concerned for the safety of the so-called pedestrians on Queen Street that may not see me coming down this booby-trapped road.

In the 28 years I've lived in Newtown, I truthfully doubt that I have actually seen 28 pedestrians, in total, while travelling on what used to be my route of choice to the commercial "center" of town.

I believe the speed limit on that stretch of road is 25 MPH. Try driving your car, new or old, over those oversized traps at the posted speed. I guarantee you that you'll be in your favorite automotive repair shop after a few "bottom scrapers".

Meanwhile, just north of the residences of the "chosen few" receiving the best of care by the Police Commission, .... there are so many potholes on the northern end of Queen St., from the 3-way intersection(one direction needs not to stop - causing frequent collisions [Where is the Police Commission on this issue??] ) going past two shopping centers with many local businesses vying for my hard earned bucks, to the Church Hill Rd. intersection. Seems to me that a better use of all the asphalt used for the "tank-berms" on the southern mile, would be to fill in or repair the potholes / cracks in the commercial district 1/4 mile!

If there are actually that many pedestrians on Queen St. to cause the Town to lay down these vehicle damaging obstacles, then if I haven't seen 'em - I'm for dang sure gonna lay on my horn, in case one of these unseen pedestrians jumps out on the road (just to be on the safe side of things!).

Residents, if it will save you the trouble of running outside to get my license plate number, on a rainy day, or snowy afternoon, write to me and I'll provide you with the pertinent details.

Meanwhile, for the curtailed amount of times that I will use your sacred street, you'll hear me coming!!

Honk For Safety!!

Queen Street Speed Bumps

My husband and I were driving over a speed bump on Queen Street a few months ago when the person behind us thought we were slowing down too much and passed us, right on the bump.

I called the police department. I was transferred to a voicemail. I told them what happened and to please call be so I can give them the car's license plate number.

Nobody returned my call. So I say to the Queen St residents who call the police with a license number of the people who honk: Good Luck!

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