Homeowners drive petition to have speed bumps removed

Residents: Speed bumps accelerate frus­tration

SAN ANTONIO - Canyon Ranch Estates sits a little off the beaten path in North San Antonio. It is a neighborhood with nice-sized homes and lots to match.

The streets are wide and the 11 new speed bumps are fairly close together.

"I've noticed that most of my neighbors drive a little slow, it's just a few who drive a little fast," said homeowner Karen Hobson.

There have been four documented accidents since January 2008.

While everyone seems to agree there are a few problem speeders in the neighborhood, not everyone agrees on the solution.

Homeowner Christopher Norman isn't opposed to speed bumps -- rather, the execution.

"I would like to see a reduction on the number of speed bumps or I would like to see them made wider so vehicles don't bottom out on them or simply reduced in height," Norman said.

"I'm a big fan of safety for the kids, but these are high enough that for this type of sedan I'm going to have structural damage if I go over anything other than about one mile per hour," said homeowner Larry Earls.

These homeowners would have appreciated a less extreme solution and more input up front.

"I would have liked to have seen some sort of proposals put forward to the residents of the neighborhood with choices and options," Norman said.

According to the board, the issue was discussed at the 2012 annual HOA meeting where they informed residents rumble strips would be installed.

But then a few months later, board members made the decision to begin the bid process for speed bumps.

Homeowners that did not speak out before are now speaking out in the form of a petition.

Hobson said at least half the homeowners responded to the petition and of those, 70 percent said they want the speed bumps removed all together.

In response to the opposition, the board is planning modifications to address concerns.

Contractors have already been contacted to lower the height of the speed bumps and bring them in from the curb to allow for more walk around room.

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