Humps, Bumps, And Automotive Repair

[Update: The humps on South Angell have been scraped down in response to complaints.] These “traffic calming” devices have only just appeared and already they are badly scraped up . . . I hope that’s red paint. They were clearly designed by someone driving a monster truck, or the owner of an undercarriage repair business. Who will be liable for damaged oil pans, ripped up mufflers, or worse? Did anyone think to measure the height of these things? Small cars have been navigating these hazards by driving in between them, often leaving their lane.

This picture is taken on South Angell where the humps appear to have been installed for the sole purpose of creating a dangerous logjam as well as undercarriage damage for cars coming off the Henderson Bridge. As someone who has been crossing this span at least twice a day since the new RIDOT project began, I can say that this was a solution in search of a problem. Worse, there’s yet another set of humps before drivers even get to Butler Avenue.

This same system is being installed on Rochambeau Avenue with about four sets between North Main Street and Hope Street. This helpful sign (below) should say “Seek alternate routes.”

Below is the first array crossing South Angell Street just as cars come off the Henderson Bridge. All humps are scraped.


3 thoughts on “Humps, Bumps, And Automotive Repair”

  1. Why would the designers of those car-destroying bumps design them to damage cars operating at or below the speed limit? Suddenly braking to 2 mph from 25 mph for no particular reason creates a number of dangers, never mind the fuel inefficiencies of stopping and starting up again unnecessarily.

    Incomprehensible that those things exist as they are. If speed control is the goal, then traffic cameras are among the more thoughtful and effective approaches.

  2. Last year the city installed the rubberized traffic bumps in my neighborhood on Parade and Dexter streets to slow down the cut-throughs and it worked quite well. They have since been removed, but I would welcome their return as I walk and run frequently in the neighborhood and it made crossing those streets much safer. The permanent humps on Rochambeau and elsewhere really need to be painted a bright color as they are currently almost indistinguishable from the regular roadway surface, but otherwise you just need to take it very slowly when going over them. Which, I am guessing, is the whole idea.

  3. A calibration process: Make them initially a bit too high so they get scraped down to the ideal height.

    But seriously. 100 years of nothing but more cars, faster, everywhere. People are fed up. If something else consistently discourages speeding, what is it?

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