Slow Down!

If you think traffic flies down your street, the city can help you slow it down.

At the January 17 workshop, Gulfport City Council agreed the time had come to give residents a way to take control of perceived or real traffic issues in their neighborhood.

As a result, the Gulfport Police and Public Works Departments have partnered to adopt a traffic calming program. While the city will look to non-speed humps traffic calming options, it now has a procedure in place for people who want speed humps in their neighborhood. Speed humps are designed to slow traffic to between 15 and 20 miles per hour.

Here’s how it will work:

  • If you think your street has a traffic issue, contact the police at 893-1055 and tell them your issue.
  • City staff will either increase enforcement or consider other traffic control measures, such as painting a yellow line in the road to make it appear narrower.
  • If that doesn’t produce the results you want, the police will use radar-based devices to measure not only the speed but the number of cars on the road.
  • If that study tells the city that traffic calming would be warranted in that area, a homeowner from that areas should turn in a traffic calming application and petition. More than the hald the homeowners on the street (or streets) in question should sign a petition.
  • Next the city will once again look at traffic volume and speeds, but this time the city will pay to use certified equipment and traffic engineers.
  • If that study shows inappropriate traffic volumes and speed, city staff will confirm the petition signatures.
  • The city will hold a public meeting about traffic calming.
  • City staff will ask the city council to approve spending money for traffic calming measures.

Public Works Director Don Sopak stresses that the city will look at other solutions, such as enforcement or islands, before resorting to speedbumps. For more examples, view the city's traffic calming program here.

“We don’t want to go out there and throw speed bumps everywhere,” Director Sopak says. “We would like to solve it through enforcement. They start with enforcement and then they look for other alternatives based on the conditions of the road.”

Although the city started exploring traffic calming options in response to queries about 7th Avenue South, Gulfport Police Chief Robert Vincent said no Gulfport property owner has yet asked for traffic calming through this procedure.