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How can I get speed bumps for my neighborhood?

Speed bumps along Dale Douglas Drive in east El Paso.

Mike, a KFOX14 viewer in East El Paso, sent me this question: "Why does one block have three speed bumps, while two surrounding streets have none?"

He complained that since the city placed the three speed bumps in the 1700 block of Dale Douglas Drive, cars are now speeding through the surrounding streets in his neighborhood.

Mike calls it a “huge problem” because it poses a danger to kids walking to and from school.

A little over a year ago, I researched this issue because of another viewer's question about what he needed to do to get rid of speed bumps in his neighborhood.

The city of El Paso has a policy that requires a petition requesting speed bumps to be signed by three-quarters of the neighbors on any given city block.

If that happens, traffic planners will then investigate, and if it’s safe and feasible, city street crews will then install the speed bumps.

It's also a good idea to reach out to your city representative, who may be able to help with the process.

I checked an online map of El Paso's city council districts and learned Dale Douglas Drive actually serves as the boundary between District 6, which is city Rep. Claudia Ordaz's district, and District 7, which is represented by Henry Rivera.

Mike could start the process of getting speed bumps for his street by finding out who represents his neighborhood and contacting them. They could provide crucial help in addressing his concerns.

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