Speed Hump Progress in Pittsburgh

Neighborhoods around Pittsburgh set to receive speed humps this summer after their long debated legal status

We are super excited to share the news that DOMI is putting in the speed humps that we have been advocating for for more than 10 years. The start of our mission began between ’08-’09 as we encouraged the city to install the road safety tools during repaving projects. Yet, during that time, we were told they were illegal.

How could a safety tool so commonplace in cities throughout the United States be illegal in Pittsburgh?

Did the City think we were talking about parking lot speed bumps? Did they just not want to do something new? We needed to find out. So, in ’10 we asked then councilman @billpeduto to help us get to the bottom of it. He wrote to @RepDanFrankel inquiring about the legality of speed humps in PA. Frankel wrote that local authorities can put in official traffic calming devices per the PA Traffic Calming Handbook.

The receipts:

Speed humps were clearly outlined in this @PennDOTNews publication as being an official traffic calming device.

Here’s a link to that publication.

Peduto then wrote to the Director of DPW, Rob Kaczorowski asking him to clarify the City’s position (note: DPW was in charge of Pittsburgh’s streets before @PghDOMI was formed). Kaz (what everyone called him) wrote back confirming that speed humps were, in fact, legal (🎤 drop).

With this myth put to rest, in 2013 we then worked with residents of Polish Hill who were concerned with speeding drivers to get the City’s first speed humps

This is why we’re thrilled about the work that @PghDOMI is doing.

They are taking things that we have advocated for for years and instituting them, making them more commonplace on our streets, and thus making our streets safer. Thanks @PghDOMI and thanks Mayor @billpeduto!

1 Comment

  • paulheckbert says:

    Good advocacy! Good writeup!

    Related: when residents of the boroughs of Edgewood and Swissvale were lobbying our councilmembers to put in a crosswalk and maybe a speed bump and stop sign across Braddock Ave at Sanders St a few years ago, we were told: (1) a crosswalk wouldn’t be safe here because cars go too fast, (2) a speed bump is not possible because of snow plows, (3) a stop sign cannot be installed for the purpose of slowing traffic.

    Is there something about traffic planning that causes people to become irrational?

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