‘Better Call Jackson’: Neighborhood speeding woes

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Finding the shortest, least congested route is a challenge for hundreds of thousands of commuters every day in Central Ohio.

But, using his neighborhood as a speeding shortcut is unacceptable to Steven Low. Steven called Mike Jackson because he feels drivers ignore the 25mph speed limit on his street and he’s not getting the attention of the people who can change it.

The northwest Columbus neighborhood is caught between expanding development and motorists hoping to avoid traffic.

“So people here come up Hard Road from 315 turn right on Plains Bvd. Come up Plain Blvd. to Seabright Drive and come up Seabright to Hamrock drive and turn left and then they start speeding to get up to Smokey Row,’ said Low.

Low knows the routine because he’s watched it happen for the last few years. City posted speed limits aren’t there, so the neighborhood put some in. It hasn’t had much impact.

“And you yell at them,” Low said. “Hey its 25 mph they’ll either kick it down and laugh or just speed up or they’ll just make a nasty sign at you and keep going ya know.’

Low says the raceway down his street started after speed bumps were removed.

“Are they waiting on one of the kids to get hit or get run over or get killed before they do something, like a lot of other places?” Low said. “You have to wait for something drastic to happen before it’s fixed”

After being contacted by Low, Mike Jackson filed a traffic calming request with the city on his behalf. We expect to hear a progress report in a few weeks.

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