HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - When it comes to safety, traffic is slowing down in one Horry County neighborhood.
The Peninsula at Palmetto Pointe is now getting some help dealing with speeders causing a lot of safety issues.
After a long road of reaching out to the county, five speed humps are finally in place, so for those who don't obey the 25 mph limit, a speed hump slows them to 15 mph.
This is part of the Traffic Calming Program in Horry County. As developments grow, so does traffic volume on our roads, and the risk of an accident. The county is focusing on slowing you down with speed humps.
In order to be considered for speed humps in your neighborhood, you must reach out to the county. The county does not actively seek out neighborhoods to put speed bumps in. For an HOA to get speed humps, it requires an official letter, otherwise, a petition from residents. From there, the county evaluates the need.
For the Peninsula community, one reason was traffic counts. About 2,000 cars drive on Harbor Reef Drive a day, which is a road many people use to get from Palmetto Pointe to US-17 Bypass.
More and more has been spent on this each year. This year, the county has a $50,000 budget. While that seems like a lot, one speed hump costs between $2,000 and $2,500, so when you break it down, that's only about 25 a year. So far, around a hundred have been installed.
While speed humps help slow drivers down in neighborhoods, the process to get them near your home isn't so fast. There is a waiting list; for the Peninsula at Palmetto Pointe it took several years but neighbors say, it was well worth the wait.