November 7, 2011: PR WEB: ESCAMBIA COUNTY, FL
In Escambia, FL, Traffic Logix Speed Tables Become the County Standard for Safer Streets
Escambia County lies on the Western border of Florida, only minutes from neighboring Alabama. The County is home to the beautiful Gulf Island National Seashore, and like cities everywhere, speeding vehicles that threaten the safety of its residents. Using Traffic Logix rubber speed tables as the standard for local roads, Escambia engineers are working to create safer, more livable neighborhoods.
Until recently, the County used asphalt to create speed tables to slow speeding cars down. When some residents expressed ambivalence about having the solutions installed on their streets, engineers researching a removable solution discovered the Traffic Logix rubber speed tables. What they found was a solution that was more than just removable.
'We really liked the uniformity of the preformed rubber speed tables and the impact they had on driver behavior. But the price really shocked us,' said Shomari Rawls, the Traffic Calming Coordinator for Escambia. 'We saved around $50,000 this year by using the Traffic Logix solutions instead of asphalt. And the rubber tables will save us even more going forward since they can be removed for road resurfacing.'
The County has a Resurfacing Road Program so local roads are often resurfaced, giving the removable speed tables an added savings over asphalt since they can simply be reinstalled once the resurfacing is complete.
The rubber products gave the County another benefit as well. 'We're very focused on being green right now,' said Mr. Rawls. The Traffic Logix speed tables are made of 100% recycled rubber.
The first neighborhood project where the Traffic Logix speed tables were installed has just been completed. On the streets of Lincoln Park, cars were speeding and cutting through to avoid traffic on main roads. Nineteen speed tables were installed on seven streets across the neighborhood.
The engineers and commissioners were so pleased with the products and the neighborhood response, they plan to make the tables the local standard wherever speeding is a concern. The Lincoln Park project will be used as a template for other local roads that qualify for traffic calming. The County's traffic calming program involves a point system to decide where solutions are needed most based on 85th percentile speed, petitions, and neighborhood feedback.
The County plans to use the Traffic Logix speed tables for all traffic calming projects on residential roads with less than 3,000 vehicles per day, the upper limit for rubber solutions, beginning with the new fiscal year this October.
Ten more speed tables are currently being installed with additional projects in the plans for the Kufian Park and Wedgewood neighborhoods.
The County's Neighborhood Improvement Plan is collaborating with the Safe Routes to School Program as well, using traffic calming to make the walk to school safer for children. They hope to get the Traffic Logix tables installed near local schools within the next year.
'We plan to use the Traffic Logix tables both in local neighborhoods and near schools,' said Donald Christianson, the County's Safe Routes to School Coordinator. 'We're trying to get people to stop speeding and cutting through on residential roads. From what we've seen so far of the Traffic Logix tables, these are just what we need to get that done.'
Traffic Logix is a direct sales manufacturer of a complete line of traffic calming solutions including modular rubber speed humps, tables, and cushions, as well as radar speed signs and trailers. To learn more, visit www.trafficlogix.com.