Traffic Keeps Northwood Civic Busy

The Northwood Civic Association meeting on February 21st dealt with updates to the effort to slow down the traffic on Castor Avenue.  The rumble strips have been installed but it has become quickly apparent that they are having no effect.

They are smaller than were promised, says Terry Heiser, who has been spearheading the project.  They were supposed to be a half inch thick but it turns out that they are about a quarter of an inch.  It doesn’t sound like much but it makes a big difference to the driver passing over them.  They are less irritating to ride over at higher speeds.  They are also placed so its possible to drive around them entirely.

Speed limits markings have still not been placed on the highway.  Regardless, the next step is a traffic study that will be done in a few months to measure their effectiveness or lack thereof.  Should it be determined that the speeds on Castor Avenue are continuing to be out of control then the next step will be speed cushions which are impossible to ignore and will last a long time.

Other news at the meeting:

  • The police agreed to spot traffic enforcement for a period on Adams Avenue from Wyoming to Orthodox.
  • The zoning hearing on the fence at 1100 Haworth Street resulted in the case being dismissed.  The effect is that the fence must come down.
  • Continuing to see attempts at burglary in Northwood.  The weather may be part of the problem since burglars don’t care for the cold and people will usually be locked up tight in their homes.  Do not leave your windows open when they are easily accessible at the ground level.  This is just looking for trouble.

The next meeting of the Northwood Civic Association will be held on March 21st at 7 PM at the Simpson Recreation Center at 1010 Arrott Street.