Since early 2016 I have had an issue with the speed of traffic on Eighth Avenue Southeast and 19th Street Southeast in Mandan. Seems drivers have the opinion that these streets are a quarter-mile racetrack rather than a residential street and a school zone.

Numerous conversations with the Mandan Police Department and a city commissioner — although cordial and seemingly understanding of the situation — have the appearance of falling on deaf ears. I have offered my driveway to monitor the traffic in a vehicle other than an official government vehicle — for obvious reasons. Not to give out citations. Just to see what really goes on here from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Especially peak times. But have not had any takers.

I have suggested stop signs at certain intersections only to be told that signs do not control traffic speeds and that both are arterial streets — really? Have also suggested speed bumps/dips only to be told they would affect snow removal so Public Works would not approve of them — really?

To the defense of MPD, they cannot monitor these streets 24/7 and when they do issue citations the fines are not a deterrent until a speed of 36 mph is reached — by state law. In a residential area that is insane! Have been told that the Legislature has voted down changing these laws — really?

In a one-hour period in late June roughly half of the 233 vehicles were traveling from 30 to 53 mph. A 2010 traffic study shows over 2,300 vehicles use Eighth Avenue Southeast daily. That is prior to the substantial home building to the south and west. Do the math. Eighteen months of chitchat is enough. Is a peaceful protest the only way to get some serious attention to this problem? Or set up speed bumps/dips ourselves? Just “thinking out loud.”

 Brad Volk, Mandan

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