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Township Not Sure If Neighbors Want Traffic-Calming Plan

If the majority of neighbors can agree, speed humps will be put on Harrogate Road.

A plan is in place to add speed humps and rumble strips to Harrogate Road in Upper St. Clair, but township officials don't know if the majority of the neighbors want the traffic calming devices.

Neighbors came forward with a petition that they had a speeding problem on their road and they wanted the township to help.

A traffic study conducted by the township traffic engineer revealed that there was indeed a speeding problem on the roadway, and recommended the township install three speed humps and two sets of rumble strips.

The township sent out 47 surveys to Harrogate Road residents. Only 27 of the households responded, with 19 of the households in favor of the traffic-calming plan. Upper St. Clair policy recommends that more than 50 percent of neighbors agree on a plan before it goes into effect. 

One neighbor attended Monday night's Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners informational meeting in support of the traffic-calming plan.

"There are 20 kids under sixth grade on that road (Harrogate)," said Paul Kovell. "People are constantly running the stop signs."

Township Manager Matthew Serakowski said the township held two public meetings with Harrogate Road residents and that they were very divided on whether they wanted speed humps.

Director of Community Development Scott Brilhart said he plans on sending out another survey to residents in the near future to see if the township can get some more feedback.

Do you think Harrogate Road should get speed humps? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments.

M L spazok October 31, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Interesting. I drive that road often and barely ever see another vehicle. further, I would never allow my child on that street to play, ride a toy vehicle etc.due to the terrain. Before 1 purchases a home in any community, you addr. "where do my kids ride their bikes" issue. Many USC parents take advantage of the school playgrounds. 20 kids grow up very fast and in our twp are usually involved in many organized activities that do not include using the street as a play area. If those strips are installed - it will be a USC Public works plowing nightmare. there are such strips by USCHS on Truxton but that is due to the large volume of HS and residentail traffic. With the lack of petitions returned, the majority has spoken.
M L spazok October 31, 2012 at 11:53 AM
I travel harrogate often and barely ever see another vehilcle. You would think that before one purchases a home in USC they would consider "where do the kids ride the bikes?" Certainly not Harrogate considering the terrain. Many USC parents take their children to the local playgrounds. 20 children grow up very qiuickly and morph into organized activities. there are traffic speed control strips at USCHS - Truxton - but that is a highly traveled drive. the majority of residents have spoken with the lack of survey response. do this for Harrogate and it may become epidemic. Be careful what you wish for
Kevin McQuillan October 31, 2012 at 01:12 PM
You have an engineering study that says there is speeding. What else do u need? Kevin McQuillan 516 harrogate rd
Peggie P. Richardson November 01, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Speed bumps will not stop people from running stop signs, however they pose a problem for emergency vehicles that need to move quickly. If a specific area has been cited as a problem, have our police in place to nail the violators and make a few bucks for the Township. The way this Township spends money more revenue isn't a bad idea.
John Van Cleve November 01, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Nineteen of 27 comments in favor. That looks like a 70% approval rate to me. What more does the township need? John Van Cleve 653 Harrogate
Mary Repischak November 01, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Why not try a few rumble strips instead?
M L spazok November 01, 2012 at 01:26 PM
lets review the math. 47 surveys with 27 returns of which 19 - yes. 47 take away 19 does not equal a 50% majority in favor. not returning a survey indicates a NO vote. The street is not a childrens play ground.
J.L. Wilson November 01, 2012 at 03:18 PM
As long as the Harrogate residents pay for the purchase and installation of the speed humps and any costs to maintain. Otherwise, the township needs to look at the allocation of tax dollars on a township-wide basis and according to streets and intersections where the traffic and speeding may even be greater than it is on Harrogate. Motorists routinely speed on Kent, Seegar and even Warwick in a school zone. The stop signs on these streets mean nothing to motorists, especially at Seegar and Manordale, where there is a 2-way stop at a 4-way intersection.
James November 01, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Please do not install "traffic calming devices". I use Harrogate to cut from Fort Couch to McMillan....no stop signs, so therefore I can usually drive a little faster. You do this and I'll just have to use Miranda.....or Glo-Min....or Seegar.........
M L spazok November 01, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Good point JL. I am very respectful of peoples neighborhoods. However, I do see people use USC as a cut thru at high rates of speed. it is deplorable but...its 2012 and many drivers are soooo self-centered..
B November 02, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Harrogate has it bad? Try the hill on Trotwood west to the Trotwood ridge intersection. NOBODY stops there, cars fly through the stop sign, many of them don't even tap on their brakes. Because it is a blind hill, you don't know if someone is coming. Heck, some people come up from the other direction and in full sight of the stop sign, blow right through it. It's only a matter of time until someone turning from Trotwood Ridge gets T-Boned because they have the right of way.
Peggie P. Richardson November 05, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Right on Bryan. I live on Miranda and see it all the time. Speed bumps will not stop people from running stop signs, but they pose a real problem for emergency vehicles, especially ambulances. We need to get the violators. The law abiding should not have to have their cars realigned by having speed bumps everywhere.

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