18 Apr New radar speed signs up on Highway 287 in Claude
City of Claude tracking speed to get drivers to slow down when passing through town
Press article written by Destiny Richards in newschannel10.com
CLAUDE, TX (KFDA) – The City of Claude put up two new radar speed signs on the east and west sides of Highway 287 going through Claude this week.
“We got new businesses in town that are here and this is just one step that we felt as a city, and the City Council felt that would be a good benefit to try to, you know, slow some of the traffic down coming into town,” said City Secretary for the City of Claude Howard Heath.
According to TxDOT statistics, the part of the highway that passes through Claude sees as many as 10,000 vehicles a day.
The new radar signs will collect data the City is hoping will lead to red traffic lights at the busiest intersections on the highway.
“You wouldn’t think in such a small town that there would be such an incredible amount of traffic, but there truly is,” she said. “I immediately noticed the evening that sign went up, the amount of traffic that is seeing it and actually slowing down. Our speed limit through town is only 35 miles an hour, so when a truck is going through it 50 or 60 miles an hour you definitely can feel it and see it.”
Waddell said a red traffic light would not only make the town a safer place, but allow those who pass through to see the growth happening in Claude.
“If we could get people to stop and notice what we’ve got going on here in town,” she said. “We have lots to offer and so we would love for them to slow down and see and possibly stop.”