Humps placed on back burner

South San Francisco — A group of homeowners who have lobbied for two years to have speed humps installed on their street to force drivers to slow down were dealt another setback Tuesday.

Yielding to requests by South San Francisco City Council members, who asked that the request be denied, the county Board of Supervisors deferred installing four speed humps on Alta Vista Drive in unincorporated South City, as recommended by the county Public Works Department. Instead, supervisors proposed splitting the cost of two solar powered radar speed signs that will flash drivers on the street their speed with South City. Supervisors also asked that South City police step up their enforcement on the street, which technically falls into the California Highway Patrol’s jurisdiction.

Richard Para, an Alta Vista resident for about eight years, was unhappy with the decision. “Anythingthat is unsupervised, like speed signs, isn’t going to do any good because drivers will adjust to it,” Para said. A physical means is needed to enforce the speed limit, he said.

South San Francisco Mayor Joe Fernekes said the council’s request to scuttle the speed humps was the result of complaints from city residents worried the humps would divert traffic onto their nearby street. South City has a blanket policy prohibiting speed humps within city limits.

Fernekes said he supports installing the radar signs, but said he doesn’t think South San Francisco should pay half the bill. He also balked at having city police patrol an area assigned to the CHP. “I think the issue is a county issue and they should be taking care of it,” Fernekes said.

The proposal to split the cost of the radar and speed signs is estimated to cost about $6,000, half what it would cost to install four speed humps, officials said. The South San Francisco Council will weigh the plan at the end of November, Fernekes said.

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