Contributed by Unit 2 Traffic Flow Committee
Since the installation of speed bumps on Elizabeth to solve the speeding problem on that street, some residents on and above Elizabeth turn left off Vacation Village Dr. onto streets below Elizabeth when entering the village in order to avoid the speed bumps. These more-narrow one-way streets were meant to handle local traffic only and were not designed to handle the increased level of traffic that currently exists. To our knowledge, the only near accident involving a pedestrian occurred on one of the smaller, more-narrow one-way streets which now have significantly increased traffic as a result of the problem stated above. Hence, people walking on the streets below Elizabeth, or children playing in the areas below Elizabeth, now have a much higher probability of experiencing a similar or even worse event due to this increased traffic flow.
Solution Approved by the board:
Reverse the traffic direction on the streets below Elizabeth so that all one-way streets in Unit 2, above and below Elizabeth, have traffic flowing toward Vacation Village Dr. Currently, the residents on or above Elizabeth can use the streets below Elizabeth when entering the village without breaking any rules. By reversing the traffic direction on the streets below Elizabeth, they would be breaking the rules by driving the wrong direction on those streets to avoid the speed bumps. The only costs involved are the re-installation of the one-way signs on the streets below Elizabeth and the purchase of a few extra signs to highlight the changes.
Note: The traffic flow direction on Elizabeth and the streets above Elizabeth does not change and all the existing speed bumps remain in place.
The total amount of traffic on Elizabeth would be the same as if everyone were doing as intended prior to the installation of the speed bumps. In that situation, the people above Elizabeth drive on Elizabeth while entering the village and the people below Elizabeth drive on Elizabeth when leaving the village. By implementing this change, everyone above and below Elizabeth will drive on Elizabeth only when entering the village. Thus, for the same number of round trips, the total traffic on Elizabeth remains the same.
Implementation of the changes
The traffic flow changes will be made on Thursday, August 30. The changes will be handled by volunteer teams and will be completed in less than one day. Volunteers will be posted in key locations to minimize any confusion and to ensure adherence to the new traffic flow direction. Flyers are being distributed to all lots in Unit 2, are being posted on all bulletin boards and are being made available in the clubhouse. Please inform any of your neighbors who do not have email capability of these impending changes to make sure everyone knows.
Note: Implementation of these changes does not guarantee that additional speed bumps will not be required on streets other than Elizabeth in Unit 2. Residents adherence to the speed limit and directional rules is the only thing that can reduce or eliminate the need for additional speed bumps.
Thank you for your cooperation as we make these changes Please direct any questions and/or feedback on any problems that may have occurred both during and after the changeover to: