Speed radars will show drivers their speed


HUNTINGBURG — Speeding is a problem on a section of Progress Parkway.

So an electronic radar sign has been installed to show drivers how fast they are going.

Two signs were purchased, Street Superintendent Jason Stamm told the Huntingburg Board of Public Works and Safety Thursday morning.

"[Police Chief] Art [Parks] and I talked about it and felt like this is a good thing to help with the community," Stamm explained. "The police [have] had some issues with speeders coming off Progress Parkway onto 14th."

Radar signs are mounted below a street's speed limit sign so that the driver can compare his or her speed with with the legal limit.

One of the signs has computer technology that allows it to operate like a traffic counter, collecting information about the traffic that passes it. "I can tell how many cars are using that road," Stamm said, "what time they went through, how many are speeding, and a lot of other data."

The collected information can be downloaded onto a laptop or tablet and shared with the police department so that officers can see when traffic is heaviest on the road and the times the traffic tends to speed on the road.

"What I liked about these is that we can move these anywhere in town," Stamm said. He has extra mounting brackets, so the signs can be installed on any speed limit pole on any street in the city. They operate on batteries and the batteries last a couple weeks, depending on the amount of traffic passing the signs, he said.

One sign is visible on Van Buren Street, and the other on Progress Parkway.

The board also:

• Approved a request from the Huntingburg Kiwanis Club to close Fifth Street between Main and Jackson streets from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4. The club will host its annual car show in Memorial Gym's parking lot that day, and the cars will line up on that block of Fifth Street to get on the lot. The event's rain date will be Sunday, Sept. 5.

• Purchased five manholes from J&J Concrete Construction for $7,350.

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