*Editor’s note: This story has been updated regarding how long the speed tables will be used
AKRON, Ohio (WJW) – After a successful pilot program, Akron city leaders announced Thursday that they will be bringing back speed tables throughout the city.
According to city leaders, speeding drivers remain one of the most common concerns among residents.
“It’s ridiculous,” said resident Delshawn Davis. “Oh, about 70 miles per hour.”
In March 2022, they launched a safety initiative and placed temporary speed tables which are basically large, wide rubber speed bumps throughout the city.
They say the data gathered shows the bumps lowered speed by six to eight miles per hour.
“They did slow down, so that was a good thing,” said Christine Robinson, who lives near Crosby Street, which was one of the locations.
Starting in June, the city will begin installing 21 speed tables in all 10 wards.
The following locations were selected based on residents feedback and complaints, traffic engineering and Akron police:
Other traffic calming measures will eventually also be installed, including flashing speed notification signs.
“I think it’s a good idea,” said Robinson. “People drive too fast and they need to slow down.”
“It’s needed, it’s definitely needed,” Davis said.
Residents can read the entire report from the 2022 pilot program and learn more about ongoing surveys here.