Cape Gazette

Rehoboth residents demand stop sign

Country Club Estates homeowners want to reduce speeding
By Ryan Mavity | Sep 20, 2012
Photo by: Ryan Mavity Residents of Country Club Estates have started a petition to request a stop sign at the intersection of Hickman and Stockley streets in Country Club Estates.

Rehoboth Beach — Rehoboth Beach residents are calling for a stop sign to slow traffic in their neighborhood.

Country Club Estates homeowners have asked the Rehoboth Beach commissioners for a stop sign at Stockley and Hickman streets to curtail speeding.

Tom Zellers, president of the Country Club Estates Home Owners’ Association told the city’s Streets and Transportation Committee, “We’re tired of it. I’ve been sitting on people’s porches, and you’ll see them just, zoom, right up the street. The speed is the issue. I don’t know how to get it through to you people or this city. We want a stop sign.”

Zeller said the homeowners have been asking for a stop sign for two years and have received no response.

He said when people see a device in the road they will slow down. Zellers said most people in the area are for a stop sign, but one resident did not want it and killed the idea.

Commissioner Pat Coluzzi told Zellers at the committee’s Sept. 7 meeting to bring the petition into the committee so they could discuss and recommend a stop sign to the city commissioners.

Traffic data collected by the Rehoboth Beach Police Department near 318 Hickman St. from Aug. 2 to Aug. 8 show 9,308 cars went through that intersection in both directions. Chief Keith Banks said the average speed was 22 mph, with the high speed recorded at 54 mph.

A second six-day test at the same location, from Aug. 9 to Aug. 15, showed 8,405 cars with an average speed of 22 mph.

Two tests were also conducted near 310 Munson St. The first, from Aug. 15 to Aug. 22, showed 12,386 vehicles going an average of 24 mph. The second test, from Aug. 22 to Aug. 29, found 10,260 cars going an average speed of 25 mph.

Banks said he was not surprised by the number of cars going though the area.

Commissioner and committee member Bill Sargent said, “It would seem to me the speed data we have here on Hickman would probably argue against putting any additional signs, at least to control speed.”

Committee member Kathy Osterholm said she was not in favor of another stop sign.

Zellers said speeding data is skewed because people see the traffic data device and think it is a speed monitor, so they slow down. He also complained there are as many trucks going through Country Club Estates as on Rehoboth Avenue. Banks concurred that a lot of trucks go through the neighborhood.

“This is not a business area. When you have 9,000 cars coming down the street in a residential area in six days, you have a lot of traffic,” Zellers said.

After the meeting, Zellers said motorists, particularly heavy trucks, have been using Hickman and Munson as an alternate to Rehoboth Avenue, increasing the traffic volume. He said trucks belong on Rehoboth Avenue and suggested the city possibly mandate a separate time for deliveries or not allowing trucks on residential streets.

Zellers said 60 property owners have signed the stop-sign petition.

Country Club Estates resident Barry Brandt, who lives near the intersection of Stockley and Hickman, said homeowners agreed to request a sign not allowing commercial trucks on Munson and Hickman, as well as painting crosswalks and adding an in-road traffic control device, sometimes known as a silent policeman.

“The people in Country Club Estates have had it. This is a residential community, it's not Route 1,” Zellers said. “We live here. Sure its nice to have people come here and vacation, but you have to respect the people that live here.”

Comments (2)
Posted by: Valley Peach | Sep 21, 2012 00:00

If you really want them to slow down, a few strategically placed speed bumps might do the job better than a stop sign. They may  also discourage delivery trucks and other cut-throughs.

Posted by: Barry Wayne Price | Sep 21, 2012 07:49

Rehoboth is a residential city with a staggering number of visitors, and consequently business. Do residents expect a quiet Dewey that has the same tourism? "-) Living in a very low tax based, beautiful city like Rehoboth has a few drawbacks. I don't hear anyone complain about the city budget being funded by parking meters.

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