County Executive Leopold Takes Measures to Reduce Speed in Residential Communities
Annapolis, MD (April 17, 2007) - Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold is following up on a campaign pledge to reduce the financial burden on community associations that seek to install traffic calming speed humps. Studies show that speed humps generally reduce average speeds 5 to 10 miles per hour.
"Speeding has become an omnipresent concern in communities throughout the County, and there continues to be a strong interest in seeking traffic relief," said County Executive Leopold. "This Administration is committed to improving the quality of life in neighborhoods by reducing motorist speed."
The County Executive is updating the Neighborhood Traffic Control Guidelines effective July 1, 2007 to provide a decrease in the portion of the cost of installing speed humps borne by communities from 50% to 40%.
The average cost of a speed hump is approximately $1,500. Communities today typically spend $2,250 (the communities’ share of 3 speed humps). With the cost savings proposed by County Executive Leopold, communities will save approximately $450, a significant savings for most communities.
"Updating the Neighborhood Traffic Control Guidelines will allow us to include new traffic calming measures, while saving community associations money," said Mr. Leopold.
Community Associations that would like more information on the installation of speed humps, should call the County’s Direct Constituent Services Line at (410) 222-2222.