Will new signs stop drivers from speeding through Hingham Square? The town thinks so.
Part 2 of a series on traffic and dangerous roads in Hingham.
With people constantly out and about and crossing the street in Hingham square, the town says its time to set some plans in motion to slow drivers down.
Hingham Police is spearheading a project to get people to go slower in the square for the safety of pedestrians. The Traffic Committee Wednesday night proposed adding two new speed limit signs on each end of the square that will also show drivers the speed they are going.
"I just shake my head every day with the high speed people drive there," Deputy Fire Chief William Powers said. "I'm at wit's end...Its tough to get people to slow down there."
Though drivers are mostly obeying the 30 mph speed limit downtown, Police Sgt. Jeffrey Kilroy said the speed is still too fast for the busy area. To navigate it safely a driver should not be going over 25, he said. In fact, there are a few signs in the square that advise a 15 mph speed limit.
"They're not caring is what its coming down to," Hingham Public Works Superintendent Randy Sylvester said. "There are some features that are traffic calming there, but they are ignoring them."
Kilroy said the speed limit used to be 25 mph at the location and the goal is to get back to that speed.
"Especially crossing the street at the post office," Kilroy said. "People seem to be cruising right through."
Kilroy said one sign would go at the Tosca end of the square and another on the other end, but he is not sure where yet.
He said the signs, which just came in, list the speed limit and, using solar power, show drivers their speed with blinking red lights.
Residents at the meeting Wednesday night proposed some other options to address the speed problem in the square.
One proposal was to look into if Saint Paul School on North Street qualifies for a school zone speed limit. If so, the speed limit would be 20 in that area.
The committee said it was a good idea and they would check into it.
Another proposal suggested rubber rumble strips in the square to slow people down, but Sylvester said they are not practical. "We put them in and take them out within four months," he said.
"Down there there's not a lot of room for error," Kilroy said.
Read part one of the traffic series about a Kilby Street intersection