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Speed Bumps Fueling Neighborhood Dispute

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Now that Uniontown residents have the speed bumps they’ve been asking for, a new problem has arisen.

Oakland Avenue has become a battleground over speed bumps.

“It’s posted 25 miles an hour and people are driving upwards of 60 to 80 miles an hour through here,” said resident Christine Schock, who supports the addition of speed bumps.

That is why the speed bumps are in place.

It’s an effort to cut down on drivers using Oakland Avenue as a high-speed short cut between Routes 51 and 40.

But not everyone is crazy about the barriers.

“I hate them,” Uniontown resident Julie Burner said. “Personally, I go the speed limit and these speed bumps are so high that you have to go five miles an hour just to go over them.”

Burner is not the problem, but Schock claims a nearby family has harassed them over the bumps.

“They do not live on Oakland Avenue,” she said. “It’s on an adjacent street that is not in support of it. We have been getting some harassment from that family as far as laying on their horn going down the street, spinning their wheels on the speed bumps, just causing a little bit of a situation because the speed bumps have been put in.”

Now, the city’s engineering firm is looking at the possibility of making some neighborhood streets one way.

Things got heated at a recent city council meeting.

“We’ve had to hire a private investigator just to sit up here and watch what’s going on,” Schock said. “We also did retrain an attorney just in case this does go further as far as a legal matter.”

The mayor of Uniontown wants an open forum within 30 days.

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