Means traffic

A resident of Means Avenue told Bellevue Council at its regular meeting Tuesday that an influx of traffic resulting from council's decision to make part of North Avenue one-way has created a dangerous situation on the neighboring street.

Council elected to eliminate two-way traffic on about half of North Avenue because the street is so narrow, and there is a blind spot on a hill where oncoming traffic is not visible. Rather than widen the travel area by eliminating parking, council made the part of North closest to Union Avenue one-way from Union Avenue.

That means that traffic trying to get onto Union needs to travel another street, and Means is the next one in line.

The resident told council that vehicles are speeding along the street, presenting a danger to people and property. His daughter was almost hit by a car, he said, and several parked vehicles have been sideswiped. The resident said that one time he yelled at a driver to slow down, and the driver stopped his vehicle, got out, and threatened the resident.

The resident said that he had met with council's safety committee last summer, but had seen no change since then.

Mayor Emily Marburger said that police had done a traffic study on Means and determined that the average vehicle speed was 27 mph, just slightly over the borough's 25 mph limit. The resident argued that for 27 mph to be the average speed, there had to be quite a few people driving much faster.

Council suggested that when Bellevue receives its new speed identifier sign, it be used on Means to warn drivers when they are going too fast.