MATTHEWS – The Town of Matthews plans to add humps near 130 and 333 Main Street to cut down on speeding.
Residents petitioned the town to add the humps, explaining that drivers use Main Street as a cut-through to avoid the traffic signal at John and Trade streets.
Town staff studied Main Street, noting that 85% of the drivers were clocking 27.5 miles per hour in the 20 mph zone and the road saw average daily traffic of 1,300 cars.
“I have a concern about the width of the streets and having anything higher than 20 mph,” Mayor Paul Bailey said during town board discussion of the topic on Oct. 28. “There are still people who are going through there at too high of a rate. Personally, I think this would be a good improvement to try to slow people down through this area.”
The town calls the humps “speed cushions” since they include wheel cut-outs for emergency vehicles, according to an internal memo by town engineer Susan Habina-Woolard.