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Surgoinsville residents want speed bumps on Regency Drive

April 14th, 2014 11:05 pm by Jeff Bobo

Surgoinsville residents want speed bumps on Regency Drive

Terri Lippert, shown standing among a group of fellow residents of the Regency Park neighborhood in Surgoinsville, asked the BMA to address a speeding problem. Photo by Jeff Bobo.

SURGOINSVILLE — The conversation got heated at times Monday night as a group of Regency Drive residents asked the Surgoinsville Board of Mayor and Aldermen for speed bumps or speed tables on their street to curb a speeding problem.

Most of the residents didn't like what they heard back from the board — particularly that the Tennessee Municipal League which provides the town's liability insurance doesn't permit speed bumps or speed tables.

There followed about an hour of discussion, with the residents warning the BMA that someone will be hurt on Regency Drive is something isn't done about the speeding. One resident even walked out of the meeting, exclaiming that nothing would be done.

Residents said the road, with a 15 mph speed limit at the top of the hill, is used as a connector from Highway 11-W to Main Street.

Roger Butler told the BMA people are afraid to be in their front yard for fear a speeding vehicle will run off the road and hit them. He said children are only allowed to play in their back yards, and residents are afraid to back out of their driveways.

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