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Woodburn will soon be seeing more speed-calming signs popping up around town.

PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - When functioning properly, electronic speed signs display the speed limit with a fixed sign and an electronical notification of the speed a passing vehicle is traveling. Woodburn plans to erect a half dozen or more around the community soon.Woodburn residents will soon see more electronic speed-reporting signs popping up around town.

Woodburn City Administrator Scott Derickson apprised the city council on Dec. 13 that, per popular request, the city will be receiving a number of those signs, which record vehicular speeds and report them back to drivers on the spot.

Derickson has fielded many requests for the signs over the past year.

"Not surprisingly, these signs are in high demand. We placed our order, and we weren't sure we were going to get them, but we had some come in," he said.

Plans are for the signs (which come in both fixed and portable varieties) to be installed on Settlemier Avenue, Umpqua, Country Club, and Meridian roads, along with Woodland and Hardcastle avenues. Those areas were selected based heavily on community input.

"Depending on the availability of the signs and how they are working out, we may have two additional signs that we may be able to put up around town," Derickson said. "We've noticed that these signs have been effective and seem to have a calming effect on speeders."

Councilor Bubu Puente suggested that Park Avenue could be a strong candidate for a speed sign, while other councilors commented that Cleveland and Hayes streets could also use some traffic calming help.


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