Herriman residents, City Council reach compromise on road striping

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 19 2012 4:41 p.m. MDT

Residents in Herriman living along Emmeline Drive, between Friendship Drive and Mirabella Lane, say drivers are speeding through their neighborhood and they want the city to do something about it. The city did a two-year study, and say striping the road is the best solution.

Jared Hargrave, Deseret News

HERRIMAN — Emmeline Drive has a speeding problem.

Residents say drivers have been speeding through their neighborhood for years.

"It gets pretty fast," said Shari Lambert, who lives along Emmeline Drive.

"It's one of those things you look at and go, ‘Golly, I don't know if I would have moved here," said Lori Clark, Lambert's neighbor.

Residents took their concerns to city leaders, asking for a solution to reduce speeds.

"We've had a few accidents that have been in the news, with excessive speeds," Herriman City Councilman Mike Day said.

Because of that, the city spent almost two years studying the road, speeds and different ways to try to slow drivers down. The city also installed temporary speed radars to remind drivers how fast they're going.

City officials say they found success using a "road diet," temporarily reducing the width of lanes from 12 feet to 10 feet. Average speeds on the 25 mph road went from 30 mph before the striping to 26 mph after.

But residents weren't sold on the method. During a City Council meeting last week, residents told city leaders they don't want striping on Emmeline Drive.

Even though studies were done along Emmeline Drive, residents say an important section of the road was not looked at. That section is between Friendship Drive and Mirabella Lane, where there is a downhill curve in the road.

Residents say most of the speeding is done along that small stretch of road, and the temporary stripes only encouraged speeding.

"I think when they added the lines it changed that perception to 'now it's a thoroughfare,'" Clark said.

"We don't like it because it's ugly," Lambert said. "But it's not just that it's ugly. (It's) that this should feel like a neighborhood road, and it doesn't."

Many residents also asked about options other than striping, such as stop signs, speed bumps or permanent speed radars.

"In this area of Emmeline, the road diet solution didn't seem to work," resident Shawn Lambert said. "It's more than just the look of the road. I've had to yell at a few cars that were speeding."

The residents' stance put City Council members in an awkward position, balancing what residents want versus statistics saying the stripes worked best.

"It was a tough position to be in, but certainly I respect their opinion and see where they're coming from," Day said.

In the end, the two groups reached a compromise. There will be white stripes along the sides of the road, but no yellow stripe down the middle.

Emmeline Drive will be studied after the white stripes are put in to see if speeds decrease. If not, city leaders say the yellow stripe may be added.

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