• May 4th, 2013

Lydia Seabol Avant, Tuscaloosa News

TUSCALOOSA | The Tuscaloosa County Commission could soon adopt a policy to regulate where speed tables can be placed.
There is no policy or process regulating speed tables in unincorporated areas of Tuscaloosa County.

Currently, county commissioners propose placing the tables based on requests from their constituents. The requests then must be approved by the full commission.

If the proposal is adopted, residents would be required to submit a petition with the signatures of at least 60 percent of the people who live along the affected road or affected area. Once a petition is submitted with a formal request for a speed table, the Tuscaloosa County Engineering Department would review the request, study the affected area and determine if a speed problem exists.

In general, to be approved for a speed table, a road must be used by at least 100 vehicles but no more than 300 vehicles per day. The road also must be at least 1,000 feet long. The location of the speed table must be less than 200 feet from an intersection and the majority of the vehicles on the road must be exceeding the speed limit by more than 5 miles per hour, according to the proposed policy.

If the area meets the requirements, County Engineer Bobby Hagler would then request that the Commission vote on the proposed speed table.