Oxford approves traffic plan

By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – A traffic-calming policy is on its way slow vehicles in some neighborhoods.
The Board of Aldermen’s policy approved Tuesday will apply only to “local” streets on which specified thresholds of speed and traffic volume are exceeded or other they have problems identified by city staff.
“I feel like the vast majority of residents in this town want this option,” said Mayor George “Pat” Patterson.
The policy will aim for the least intrusive remedy for each situation, from radar deployment and increased enforcement to additional signing and pavement markings. Curb extensions and other ways of narrowing roadways, traffic circles and traffic islands also would be considered.
“Anything that makes the driver feel like the street is narrowing makes you slow down,” said City Engineer Bart Robinson. “This allows us to do more than just speed humps.”
The process will start with concerned residents reporting a problem, with a form required from www.oxfordms.net. Solutions will be first-come, first-served, but tangible changes will be prioritized by engineering staff.
City employees will collect data and make recommendations, then implement low-impact changes. If follow-up indicates, more aggressive measures and structures could be added later.
errol.castens@journalinc.com