ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The city gets constant complaints from neighborhoods all over Albuquerque about speeders.
Speed humps, it seems, are not that effective.
So now there's an effort to find new ways to slow down speeders. Some people concerned about speeding in residential areas will put up signs from the city, asking people to slow down but others want the city to do more than that.
So, what can Albuquerque residents do?
"For years, the city's only had one option in response to neighborhood concerns with traffic, either speeding or cutting through and that was speed humps," said Michael Riordan with Municipal Development Department.
A solution, the city says, can be controversial and costly. The Municipal Development Department receives about 1,300 calls a year from people wanting traffic studies done on their streets.
They cost about $4,000 each.
And as Albuquerque resident, Larry Codill said it doesn't always work out.
"We've had traffic counts done in our neighborhood at least three different times. Each time, we get a letter from traffic engineering that says you don't have a problem, speeds are what we expect," said Caudill, who is the president of the Wildflower area Neighborhood Association.
Albuquerque is asking the public to share thoughts on a new proposal that would add 40 more ways to slow cars down. Ideas include putting up radar speed signs, making neighborhood streets narrower or building traffic circles.
The city will look at criteria including the number of crashes in the area to see if a street qualifies.
Some residents worry that criteria is out of reach.
"To set a number, to say you have to have hundreds of vehicles passing by a neighborhood at a high speed before you qualify, that begs the issue," Codill said. "It does not serve the interest of the public. It simply makes it easier for traffic engineers to continue to do nothing."
The city will present its proposal again at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center.
The city will take public input through August. A final proposal is expected to go before the City Council in September.
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