Previous incidents & justifications for our request for ongoing assistance

Our general safety and way of life are impacted

“If you say the speed limit is 20, people go 35. If you say the speed limit is 45, people will go 50,” said Bedne. “I think we need to have slower moving vehicles.”
— Councilman Fabian Bedne

1) Our road, at the widest point, is 21 feet wide and 756 feet long.  The width measurement is the total width of the road, including the very minimal 6” of pavement on either side that separates our yards from the road.  This means that our road is the minimum allowable width, 10’ for each lane.

2) We have no shoulder, no sidewalk and no curb = No protection

3) Our homes have a minimum setback from the street of 40 feet, with most homes being roughly 55 feet away from the street.  This means that we have shallow front yards with very limited space.  So, when a driver loses control of a vehicle, they are very likely to damage our personal property, e.i. homes, parked vehicles, mailboxes, etc.

4) We have a large number of children that live on our street. Oriole Place is home to roughly 25 small children who are unable to enjoy their own driveways and front yards.

5) We have an elementary school bus stop in the middle of our street.  Many vehicles started driving around the bus while it was letting children on/off, so the bus driver had to start parking the bus in the middle of the street to impede any vehicle from speeding around it.

6) It is unsafe to check our mailboxes.  Several instances have occurred and people have almost been struck by an oncoming vehicle while checking their mailbox.  These individuals have had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck in the middle of the day. 

7) We have a great deal of pedestrian traffic.  Pedestrians use Oriole Place as a shortcut to David Lipscomb, a shortcut to Hillsboro/Richard Jones and as part of their neighborhood walking route. High school sport teams regularly use our street during their running practice, in addition to, people walking to and from Metro Bus Stops located on Shackleford/Oriole and Richard Jones/Lone Oak.

8) We have no signage for our school bus stop.

9) Several Oriole Place residents have had our mailboxes hit by a reckless vehicle and they had to be completely replaced.

10) Our trash and recycling cans are hit by vehicles on a regular basis while they are placed at the edge of our driveways for pickup.

11) We are a very short street with only 28 houses.

12) We are terrified to allow our children to play in our front yards or driveways.

13) We have had a significant increase in crime and attempted theft with the steady increase in the number of vehicles that travel our street.

14) The sharp curve at the Richard Jones/Oriole transition somehow incites drivers to speed recklessly around the corner and then proceed to drive at high speeds down the remainder of the street.  Drivers are treating Oriole Place like a race track.

15) We have a Free Little Library on our street.

16) We have trouble getting into and out of our driveways, with vehicles impatiently speeding around or in front of our vehicles.