Residents Tired of Rush Hour Traffic Speeding Through Their Neighborhood
Published December 4th, 2012
GAINESVILLE - Residents of one community in northwest Gainesville are calling on the city to do more when it comes to reducing the amount of rush hour thru traffic in their neighborhood.
The Monterey subdivision in northwest Gainesville is situated just a few hundred feet away from the busy intersection of 43rd Street and 39th Avenue. After watching rush hour drivers speed through their neighborhood for years in an effort to avoid that intersection, the patience of some residents has finally reached the end of the road.
The nearly 40-year-old neighborhood does have speedbumps, but residents say that doesn't stop some drivers from going more than 25 miles per hour in between the bumps. Neighbors tell TV20 they've tried doing all they can to let drivers know not to cut-through their neighborhood, including posting signs, but to no avail.
As a last resort, some residents say they've tried asking the city for more of a police presence during rush hour, only to be told that officers are too busy handling other assignments during that time. For its part, a spokesperson from the Gainesville Police Department says they're limited in what they can do, considering they employ seven traffic officers for the entire city.
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