City approves buying neighborhood radar speed-info signs

David L. Dye, The Herald, Sharon, Pa.
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Mar. 27—HERMITAGE — The Ridgewood Drive neighborhood will get a pair of radar signs to help with speed enforcement following a vote by the Hermitage Board of Commissioners.

The commissioners' unanimous vote came during their meeting Wednesday evening. The solar-powered signs can display a vehicle's speed, messages and collect data that can be studied by the Hermitage Police Department.

They cannot be used to cite violators, because local police agencies in Pennsylvania are not allowed to use radar for speed enforcement.

The decision to install the radar signs came after about a year of work from city officials, including traffic studies, police enforcement and public meetings to receive input from residents in the neighborhood.

Board President Duane Piccirilli said he hoped residents give the signs a chance to prove their effectiveness. Though the commissioners have heard requests from other neighborhoods for similar signs, Piccirilli stressed that there were many steps before the board made its decision Wednesday.

"This is a solution," Piccirilli said, "that the commissioners and the staff came up with the deal with the situation at hand, but it was a long, thought-out process."

City officials started looking into possible traffic-calming measures after residents on Ridgewood Drive approached the commissioners with complaints of speeding on their road.

Residents from the Hunters Woods development, which can only be accessed by Ridgewood Drive, have also complained about cars being parked along Ridgewood.

Hermitage City Manager Gary Hinkson previously presented the commissioners with three options, including increased police enforcement in the area; developing a city-wide traffic-calming plan and determining if Ridgewood qualified for any measures; or using Ridgewood as the pilot for a city-wide traffic-calming plan.

The commissioners ultimately settled on the use of radar signs.

The signs will cost $8,050 and can be installed by city workers. Hinkson said the signs will be delivered in about three weeks.

Once the signs are installed, Hinkson said the police can check the collected data intermittently to determine the signs' effectiveness.

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