Residents: Speedy drivers making southwest Houston street dangerous

Residents in southwest Houston say their street is being used as a cut through and worry speeding cars will cause a tragedy
November 12, 2013 4:52:28 PM PST
A street in southwest Houston is being used as a cut through, and some people who live along it say drivers are speeding down the road.

Burdine Street between Bellfort and Chimney Rock is a residential street with apartment complexes on both sides. Neighbors say people are driving too fast and they want the cars and busses to slow down before someone gets hurt.

"The traffic is horrendous," resident Abie Kupfer said.

The speed limit is 30 miles per hour.

But every afternoon, Kupfer says lots of cars are coming through here faster than they're supposed to.

"I just want people to be safe and careful on this street. Someone's going to get hurt," he said.

Already, Kupfer says, pets have fallen victim to speeders.

"Chihuahuas getting run over; cats getting run over. It doesn't have to happen," he said.

So he wants the drivers to slow down. Kupfer says he's reached out to City Council Member Larry Green, who told us he'd passed on concerns to HPD and given Kupfer an application for changes to the street -- changes that might include speed bumps or other traffic abatements.

But according to Alvin Wright with the city's public works department, that requires a neighborhood study, public comment meetings and must be approved by City Council. It takes months, and it's not a quick fix.

"It's going to be awhile. Plus once we do that study, it may actually uncover other issues which may not to be to the benefit of the community too," Wright said.

In the meantime, the Houston Police Department told me on the phone that the southwest patrol had no record of any complaints but would work with Kupfer to get the speeders to slow down.

Maybe not the immediate answer Kupfer had hoped for.

"I've lived here for 15 years and this started up two years ago being this bad," he said.

Green says that speed bumps on Burdine are unlikely, since it is a major cut through, but the city could look into other options. And he says while that could take months, the more immediate relief would come through traffic patrols. Kupfer says HPD told him they would start, but we haven't seen them yet.

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