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City of Akron is testing speed tables on two roads as part of a traffic calming pilot program

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Posted at 7:41 AM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 07:41:48-04

AKRON, Ohio — The city of Akron is testing speed tables on two roads as part of a traffic calming pilot program.

The tables are designed to slow down drivers, but not to the point a speed hump or bump would. Akron installed three-speed tables in late August along Edgewood Avenue and Schocalog Road.

Those roads were chosen based on data showing 15% of drivers go at least 12 miles-per-hour over the speed limit.

Curtis Baker, the Akron metropolitan area transit study director, says the tables are meant to get a driver’s attention.

”I think part of the speed table is one, yes it slows you down but also it's meant to make you aware of what you're driving through and that 'hey, you need to pay attention’."

Drivers will see them in place until early November. Until then, the city is asking for input about the temporary safety control measures. You can fill out an online survey here.

Other cities have also turned to speed tables to reduce speeds in residential areas. Lakewood did something similar last year.

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