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Brighton residents concerned about proposed traffic changes in Warren Avenue neighborhood

Posted at: 03/19/2013 12:13 PM
Updated at: 03/19/2013 11:36 PM
By: Lynette Adams

People who live on Warren Avenue in Brighton, say the traffic on their street has been too fast, for too long. Residents say it's often used as a short cut between Edgewood Avenue and Clover Street.

Last October, a car slammed into the back of a school bus there, and four teens went to the hospital. That's when the town began to take a closer look.

Tuesday night, There was a community meeting to discuss ideas for a permanent change, and that has people living on a nearby Hibiscus Drive, concerned.

It's been 7 months since that crash on Warren Avenue. Residents have complained about the speeding. They say additional police patrols are helping, but the town is considering speed humps. But that idea is not going over so well with people who live one street over. They're worried this could create troubles for them.

Marge Booker, Brighton resident, said, “If we have to speed bump the whole neighborhood then that's what we will do.”

Marge Booker says she won't ever forget the crash that happened just feet from her door last October. When a car carrying the four Brighton high school students crashed into a school bus.

Booker said, “A lot of people use Warren as a cut through. You get from Clover Street to Edgewood and there's a lot of speeders.”

Since then, police patrols have increased. The chief says surprisingly a number of tickets have been handed out to people who live on the street. Town leaders want a permanent solution to calm the traffic.

On Tuesday night, residents and town leaders discussed ideas at the community meeting.

News10NBC's Lynette Adams said, “You talked about traffic calming. What exactly does that mean?”

Bill Moehle, Brighton Town Supervisor, said, “Speed humps are one of the possible options.”

Town supervisor Bill Moehle says the town is considering everything from speed humps to visible stop lines, to bike lanes to landscaping, anything that will slow the traffic. Some residents who live one street over from Warren Avenue worry traffic calming devices on Warren could be bad for them.

Duncan Ververs, lives on Hibiscus Drive, said, “I'm also concerned that it will turn our road into a pass through because they could bypass Warren Avenue, the bottom half  and therefore we'll be having more traffic on our road.”

Moehle says no decisions have been made yet. The town will consider its options, the data and the costs before making a final decision.