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Some of Carrollwood's speed humps will be removed

TAMPA — Some of Original Carrollwood's speed humps are coming out.

The Hillsborough County Commission voted unanimously to approve most, but not all, of an arbitrator's recommendations to dig up several of the speed humps and bumps that have irked residents for years.

The changes will cost the county about $100,000.

"I truly hope today we can put an end to this sad saga," Commissioner Ken Hagan said Thursday.

An arbitrator had suggested the county spend $168,100 to implement 10 recommendations, including the removal of six speed tables, three speed humps and two raised crosswalks.

Residents' reaction to the arbitrator's report was evenly split, commissioners said. The neighborhood has debated traffic calming for six years and there are supporters on each side.

The humps and bumps are most popular among residents living among the community's main streets like Orange Grove Drive, Lake Carroll Way and Carrollwood Drive, as well as families with small children, that say they deterred speeders.

But opponents have said the county's work plan was overkill.

When the arbitrator's report was released, opponents were particularly critical of one recommendation: that three sets of speed cushions on Lake Carroll Way be replaced with three flat-top speed tables for $60,000.

Hagan agreed, and asked for that expense to be struck from the final plan. He argued that speed cushions were smaller than speed tables and emergency vehicles get around them better.

Commissioners also rejected the arbitrator's recommendation to remove both of the raised crosswalks on Carrollwood Drive near Scotty Cooper Park. Instead, one will be dug up and the other will be modified to comply with the federal disability act.

After the meeting, Commissioner Victor Crist, who represents Carrollwood, said he was satisfied by the arbitrator's report and the equal number of supporters and critics probably meant the compromise was fair.

However, he doesn't believe it was the last time Carrollwood traffic calming will be discussed. The bumps along the neighborhood's main roads will continue to agitate residents, he said.

"I'm sure that we'll probably revisit this again in the future," Crist said. "Probably not any time soon."

Some of Carrollwood's speed humps will be removed 06/02/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 2, 2011 10:44pm]
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