Are the Hopson Road Speed Bumps Slowing Traffic?
Have the Hopson Road speed tables slowed traffic? It is hard to tell. Traffic studies were conducted in 2016 and 2017 after the tables were built. There is no pre-table baseline to compare to.
Between 70-80 percent of the traffic headed towards Rt 5 travels at, or below, the speed limit according to both studies. Fifity-five percent of traffic headed away from Rt.5 —towards Elm Street— traveled at, or below, the speed limit according to the 2016 traffic study.
In 2017 something funny happened. In the 2017 speed study only 30 percent of the cars traveling away from Rt.5 traveled at, or below, the speed limit. By that metric, speeds have increased since the tables were built. What's going on?
"It could be that drivers familiar with this section of road are now accustomed so they drive their comfortable speed until they hit the first table," surmised Rita Seto, a senior planner at Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission, the agency that conducted the traffic surveys.
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