A speed hump is a rounded parabolic device that aids in reducing a vehicle’s speed on residential areas. The unit is loved by many people as its easy and fast to install and remove, cost effective compared to asphalt speed humps, offers a consistent profile, easily conforms to the road curvature, and with the right tools you can install them alone.
Areas that you can install the humps
There are many areas where you can install the units. These areas include: Hospitals, parking facilities, residential areas, school zones, shopping centers, construction work zones, warehouses, nursing homes, playground areas and school crossings.
While you can install the units in residential areas, it doesn’t mean that you should install them without supervision. Before installing them, ask the city traffic engineer to inspect the area and approve it. The engineer should also guide you on the right size of humps that you should go for.
In addition to installing the humps, also consider installing warning signs that warn drivers of the humps. The signs should be clearly visible by approaching motorists and should be placed according to the local standards and laws.
Drainage problems have been one of the major problems of installing the units where most roads start flooding as soon as the units are installed. This is because most of the contractors don’t leave space to facilitate drainage. To be on the safe side, leave one foot from the street curb to drain water.
As mentioned, ask a city engineer to visit the area that you are planning of installing the humps and evaluate it. Some of the areas that you should never install the humps include: Over manholes, less than 10 feet from driveways, on roads with sharp horizontal curves, and on streets with a grade that is in excess of 5%.
If you are installing the humps in areas that are prone to snow, remember that the humps are easily damaged; therefore, install them in ways that you can easily remove them during snow removal. Install them in ways that you can remove and replace the humps without damaging them.