An Albany business owner is trying to hit downtown fast

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) – A downtown business is asking drivers to slow down. The shop owner is advocating either speed bumps or more signage.

WALB’s Molly Godley delved into what it takes to put those precautions in place.

A downtown business owner, Kawambee Dorsey said they notice people speeding later in the afternoon making it especially dangerous for children.

“People getting off work after 5:00 p.m., we’ve noticed people driving around the corner a little too quickly, and that’s become a concern,” Dorsey said.

Dorsey is one of the owners of the Showroom located on Front Street downtown near several parks, the Flint River Aquarium and other family friendly businesses. Dorsey said she has seen some close calls.


“One time I saw someone getting ready to cross the street, but then they looked to the left and a car was coming really fast, so the mother had to pull her child back, it was disturbing,” Dorsey said.

Some alternatives that Dorsey thought would be helpful are signage and speed bump surveillance to help slow people down.

The City of Albany, traffic and engineering department stated that in order to meet the speed limit, residents will need to send a letter to the engineering department at 240 Pine Avenue, Suite 200, Albany, GA 31701.

After that, the department would use radar to see how fast vehicles are going during a speed study. This lasts 7 days.

If the results reveal that most drivers are speeding, the person who sent the letter will need to collect signatures from other property owners to move forward with the speed bumps.

The traffic and engineering department also said for the area where Dorsey is located, they use signs at mid-block crosswalks to help alert drivers to the crosswalk. They added that the design of the curve on Front Street is designed to slow down traffic.

The city said it will evaluate other options as new traffic calming measures become available.

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