Requests granted: City Council approves traffic calming measure in three neighborhoods

The approval comes after residents requested the City Council put in new measures to address dangerous conditions.

The Palm Springs City Council recently approved the allocation of $250,000 for projects to reduce speeding in three different neighborhoods.

Driving the news: The approval comes after residents requested the City Council put in new measures to address dangerous conditions. After a series of studies and multiple meetings, the Council approved the new measures on May 26.

Who gets what: The three neighborhoods receiving help are Desert Highland Gateway Estates, Little Tuscany, and Melody Ranch.

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  • Desert Highland Gateway Estates will have two sets of speed humps installed on Eastgate Road between Tramview and Rosa Parks roads.
  • In Little Tuscany, on West Racquet Club Road, the city will modify existing temporary traffic calming devices called “chicanes” and make them permanent.
  • The Melody Ranch neighborhood is getting new traffic feedback signs on Seven Lakes Drive between Cherokee Way and Gene Autry Trail.

No need for speed: The need for traffic calming projects is urgent. The city has a high number of traffic collisions, and in most of them speed was a factor.

  • There were 1,500 traffic collisions in the city last year, resulting in 450 injuries. 
  • Sixteen people were killed in those collisions. An average of nine people have been killed in traffic collisions each year since 2013.

Pedestrian deaths: Just a few weeks ago there were two pedestrian fatalities on city streets. In one, the driver is cooperating. The other was a hit and run with no suspect.

Slow your roll: This is just one project meant to make streets safer in Palm Springs. Three dozen city streets are in the process of getting lower speed limits.

But wait: Councilmembers and staff passed on the option for a roundabout in Little Tuscany, saying gently, “They’re not universally loved.” 

  • City Manager Justin Clifton noted, “I worked in one community 15 years ago and still some people run for council on the ticket of tearing out the roundabouts.”

? Our take: Even though the City Council passed on the roundabout, it’s proven that they’re safer, more efficient, and even better for the environment. If only Americans knew how to use them.

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