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Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Frisco plans traffic calming measures for mid-June
Elise Reuter / firstname.lastname@example.org
Detoured cars speeding along residential streets have stirred up a response from Frisco residents. With school out for the summer and more dogs, skateboarders and children in the streets than before, Frisco town officials are looking for ways to slow down traffic throughout Main and adjoining streets.
“It’s something that we take very seriously. We want to address those concerns and slow people down a little,” said town manager Bill Efting. “People are in a hurry, and the worst thing that could happen is someone getting hit.”
In April, residents along Creekside Drive shared complaints of traffic in the neighborhood, reporting that one of several “slow down” signs placed by the town to mitigate speeding had been completely crushed.
Now, Frisco has broadened its response across the town in a series of measures that will be completed by mid-June. Major changes include the addition of stop signs along Creekside, as well as a speed limit decrease from 25 to 20 mph on West Main Street near Interstate 70.
“This is something we’ve been looking at doing for a year. It’s more big picture,” said Frisco spokeswoman Brodie Boilard. “Citizens have voiced these concerns, too.”
Efting added that the town would look at increased police enforcement during this time. Frisco Police Chief Tom Wickman said they would move their speed trailer, which displays driving speeds, around the town as needed, in addition to getting out as many officers as possible.
“Traffic is always a problem — always will be and always has been,” Wickman said. “It’s not just one place. There are a number of different areas around town.”
He added that speeding on the town’s side streets was exacerbated by construction on Main Street, which has detoured traffic out to neighborhoods. Boilard said part of the reasoning in adding additional traffic controls this month was to address the strain added by construction.
“With more traffic on the side streets, the problems were more obvious,” she said. “We’ve been trying to make people more aware.”