• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

Midway speed bumps removed

MIDWAY'S SPEED BUMPS were removed last week after they began deteriorating and coming loose from the pavement on East Stephens Street. Mayor Grayson Vandegrift said he expected to get a refund from the manufacturer for the $5,300 bumps, which were installed in May. (Photo by John McGary)

Midway's experiment with speed bumps on East Stephens Street near Midway University is over after less than three months. Mayor Grayson Vandegrift said last week that screws on the portable, three-inch high bumps began to come loose. City workers made quick repairs, but on Thursday morning, July 27, the streets supervisor told him nothing could be done - that the bumps were deteriorating and coming loose from the pavement. "In my opinion, it was a manufacturing problem, because they should not have broken that quickly. They've only been out there for what, a few months?" Vandegrift said. The bumps were removed and Vandegrift said he'll seek a refund from the manufacturer for their $5,300 cost. They were installed to address concerns of speeding in the area between Midway Road and Midway University, but area residents had mixed opinions on them. Vandegrift said Woodford County Emergency Services (EMS) Manager Freeman Bailey told him he was very concerned about taking patients they were "literally trying to keep stabilized" over the bumps. At a May 15 council meeting, one citizen expressed support for them, while another said vehicles were taking alternate routes and speeding on nearby, child-filled streets. Council Member Libby Warfield said she'd received six calls or texts about the bumps, with three persons supporting them and three opposed. Last week, Vandegrift said the problem with the bumps wasn't a matter of vandalism, but rather, premature wear and tear from lots of traffic, including tractors, heavy trucks and tractor-trailers. "At the same time, it just shouldn't have broken down that quickly, especially as large as they were, so we just really think there's a problem and they didn't hold up like they should have," Vandegrift said. "The vendor promised 100 percent satisfaction guarantee, and needless to say, we're not 100 percent satisfied." He said the idea of buying two-inch high bumps had been set aside. Friday, Vandegrift said he had the city's portable speed sign moved there and would ask Versailles police, which the city of Midway contracts with for law enforcement, to more aggressively patrol the area. Vandegrift said a former Versailles police officer was notorious for issuing speeding tickets on Midway Road to drivers going 5 mph faster than the law allowed. "And it drove people crazy. But I'll tell you what - people slowed down. I think if you hit them in their pocketbooks, you can get the best of both worlds. You can slow people down without having these somewhat obstructive items in the road," he said. During the phone interview with The Sun, Vandegrift's toddler son began crying. "Jackson's beside himself. He really liked those speed bumps," Vandegrift joked.

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