KSAT Defenders investigation: SW Side speed bump bolts rupture tires
Drivers want permanent solution to speed bumps, not patchwork on Five Palms Road
Some Southwest Side neighbors say speed bumps are to blame for punctured tires and frustrated drivers.
Ted Gleason has been a homeowner in Hidden Cove for 26 years.
While he doesn't care for the speed bumps on Five Palms Road, he said they are necessary.
"In the past, there's been many, many accidents here. Vehicles themselves, mainly mailboxes getting run down," said Gleason.
His primary complaint is that one or more of the rubber cushions is in constant need of repair.
"The bolts come up and then once the bolts lift up, they're sticking out, then they all loosen up and there are rubber things all over the street," Gleason said.
"I don't know why they put these giant screws (in)," said driver Julius Alcaraz. "They pop out and they punch the tires."
Gleason said he has reported the problem to the city numerous times and claims they are responsive, but within a few weeks, the problem pops up again.
He's hoping for a permanent solution.
The city's Public Works Department believes the problem is literally where the rubber meets the road.
"We're going to remove those speed hump cushions that are rubber and place concrete the width of the street and trying to adhere the speed humps to the actual concrete," said City Public Works spokeswoman April Alcoser.
This is one of two alternative solutions the city is looking at for the highly traveled road.
The other is going back to an all-asphalt speed hump.
"Instead of doing the full width of the street, we're going to mimic the width of the space distance that we're using for the rubber cushions, but we're using asphalt material," Alcoser said.
The city is expected to begin work on these two pilot projects within the next couple weeks.
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