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NEW SPEED HUMPS RESISTED.

Byline: Mary Lou Aurelio Daily News Staff Writer

The speed hump experiment on Mariposa Street reduced traffic and slowed it down. But city traffic officials are recommending against humps on two other streets where residents say they are badly needed.

A report to be presented to the City Council tonight recommends keeping the speed humps that were installed on a trial basis last fall on Mariposa Street, a popular cut-through street for commuters. The report says humps should not be installed on Providencia Avenue between Third Street and Glenoaks Boulevard and on Keystone Street between Magnolia Boulevard and Clark Avenue - even though residents have asked for them - because those streets have been designated emergency routes by the Fire Department.

Providencia Avenue resident Margaret Hubble said the humps are needed because the traffic speeding down her street makes it dangerous.

``I have seen people go down this street at 60 mph,'' she said.

``I think they really should put them in for safety's sake. I'll see a kid cross and . . . it'll be like a race track with cars speeding by.''

Mariposa Street also has the emergency route designation, but alternates are available, according to the report.

In October, the City Council agreed to allow the speed humps on Mariposa Street between Chandler and Burbank boulevards on a trial basis, before considering allowing them on Providencia Avenue and Keystone Street.

The six-month follow-up report to the council states that on Mariposa Street, since the bumps were installed, there has been a 10.9 mph decrease in vehicle speeds and 782 fewer vehicles per day. It means that ``23 percent of vehicles using Mariposa Street before the speed humps are now using other streets,'' said Bruce Feng, Burbank Public Works director.

Councilmen Ted McConkey and Bob Kramer said Monday that the added traffic on the commercial business routes of Isabel and Chestnut streets does not seem to be a problem.

``We haven't had any complaints,'' Kramer said.

Feng said he recommends leaving the humps on Mariposa Street, even though it is an emergency route, because equally accessible emergency routes are available at Isabel and Chestnut streets.

``Emergency access, that's what it all boils down to,'' Feng said.

Hubble said while she understands the Police and Fire departments' point of view - each bump slows an emergency vehicle down by one second - she wonders if there could be ``just a few'' humps installed on Providencia Avenue.

``A lot of elderly people live in the area,'' Hubble said. ``My mother had Alzheimer's (disease), and she'd walk outside and she didn't know what she was doing. It's dangerous - it's like a race track.''

McConkey said he agrees with the staff's recommendation.

``Speed bumps are a necessary evil that we use in order to protect some of the neighborhoods from cut-through traffic,'' he said, adding that the residents on Mariposa Street ``are thrilled'' with the results.

``They are extremely happy,'' McConkey said. ``Traffic has slowed down, and the volume is down.''
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