Boston neighborhoods will see 500 new pace humps constructed over the subsequent three years as a part of a brand new metropolis venture to cut back dashing in residential areas.
In contrast to typical pace bumps, the town’s new pace “humps” are gradual mounds of asphalt constructed into the pavement. They’re about 13 toes lengthy and three inches tall, and are simply pushed over at 20 miles per hour or underneath. The pace humps might be marked by yellow indicators to make drivers conscious of their presence.
Metropolis officers say the venture will assist deal with the problem of dashing autos to make neighborhoods safer for individuals who reside, stroll, and bike on the roadways.
The venture will consequence within the set up of between 40 and 50 miles of “traffic-calmed” streets annually — primarily on smaller aspect streets, as pace humps aren’t acceptable for wider, busier streets or for streets with MBTA routes. They don’t impede road sweeping, snow plowing, or road parking, in keeping with metropolis officers.
“We at all times construct pace humps in a collection. On any given road, drivers will encounter a pace hump each 150 to 250 toes. As a result of they’ll see the subsequent pace hump forward, individuals are extra more likely to drive a constant, slower pace,” metropolis officers mentioned in a information launch. “We construct pace humps on a bunch of streets without delay. This prevents drivers from merely taking a road one block additional away to keep away from pace humps.”
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