Due to an increase of requests from residents regarding neighborhood traffic concerns and the installation of additional traffic calming devices such as speed bumps and speed cushions, the city of Dripping Springs has developed a Traffic Calming Policy to outline and standardize the application and review process.
To date, requests for traffic calming devices (to reduce adverse levels of speeding and cut-through traffic in the city), have been addressed on a case-by-case basis. The new policy provides a comprehensive framework for those requests. It’s designed to implement successful traffic calming programs that are responsive to requests and that also address the safety and quality of life issues within the city’s existing budget.
The Traffic Calming Policy considers two types of adverse impacts: adverse levels of speeding along a defined roadway segment; and adverse levels of cut-through traffic within a defined bounded area.
The policy outlines among other things:
• The request process and required information for the request.
• Requirements of evidence of support from the neighborhood or the community affected.
• Speed mitigation & minimum cut-through traffic thresholds.
• Funding criteria, including who is responsible for costs associated with the calming devices.
• Design, implementation, and maintenance of devices.
• A limit on the number of requests and time separation between requests for the same locations.
The City of Dripping Springs worked with the city’s Transportation Committee and Transportation Consultant (HDR) to develop the Traffic Calming Policy. The complete policy can be found on the Transportation Committee section of the city’s website, cityofdrippingsprings.com/page/city.transportationcommittee.