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Oct 11, 2013 6:41 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

Speed Concerns on Dunbarton Oak Dr.

CORPUS CHRISTI - People who live off Dunbarton Oak Drive say drivers are going way too fast down the street. It's the street right behind the Walmart on Saratoga and Cimmaron.

There is a sign on Dunbarton Oak that shows the speed limit being 30 miles an hour. Right under it it has a sign that reads, "Drive Slow. Residential Area." Well residents in this area tell me that drivers are ignoring this sign. So they want the city to put speed humps on the road to help slow drivers down. But city officials tell me, that's just not possible.

"They know it's a residential neighborhood and they just... they don't care," said Rudy Rios who live right off Dunbarton Oak.

Residents say it's a problem ever since the Walmart went up on Saratoga and Cimmaron. People who live right next to the road tell me they've seen drivers go as fast as 50 miles an hour.

"People just go up and down the street without a care in the world really," said Rios.

You would think a simple solution to that speeding problem would be for the city to add a speed hump. But the problem is, according to city ordinance nonresidential streets aren't allowed to them.

Dunbarton Oaks is considered a collective street, meaning it's not a residential street. The city has many streets like that around town. A couple of them include Airport, McArdle, Carroll Lane, and Santa Fe.

But just because the city can't put speed humps, I'm told they could put a speed table instead. It's a tad different. It is flatter and longer, and residents say anything will help.

"It makes me mad. You know I'm just here watching them go up and down the street going real fast and I'm like, man," said Rios.

I am told that the city will be conducting a traffic study on Dunbarton Oak Dr. In the next few months the city should know what it can do to help slow traffic down.

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