Plum Borough Council is considering a new traffic ordinance, and troubled Trestle Road is leading the way.
The road—which is plagued by rush hour traffic and speeding motorists—will be the focus of a pilot study conducted by the borough’s traffic consultant, Trans Associates.
In addition to the pilot study, the Pittsburgh-based civil engineering consulting firm has proposed the borough create a standard procedure for addressing residents’ traffic concerns.
Trans Associates provided Plum officials with a sample ordinance. Borough assistant manager Greg Bachy said borough staff will use it as guidance when drafting one for the Plum.
“The reason we want to do it by ordinance is so there is a set of guidelines in place,” Bachy said.
He said borough staff will likely have something for council to vote on in September.
Residents of Trestle Road were present at Monday night’s voting meeting, where councilman Charles McMeekin brought up the pilot study.
“We discussed doing the speed humps as a trial,” he said. “I believe that’s what’s going to happen.”
If the borough goes ahead with them, the speed bumps used on Trestle Road will be similar to the ones at Monroeville Mall but a little wider, Bachy said.
Council gave the pilot a stamp of approval.
“I think that’s progress,” Trestle Road resident Mary Beth Held said. “I think we’re setting a precedent for the community. I’m excited.”
Residents of the road, which rush-hour drivers use as a shortcut between Monroeville-Trestle and Saltsburg roads, asked the borough for help back in April. At that time, they presented council with a petition requesting that speed bumps be added to the road.
Since then, officials have looked into solutions and has increased speed control measures in the area.
Residents have noticed.
“They have a lot of police on the street,” Chris Griffith, another Trestle Road resident said. “It’s appreciated.”