New Albany plans to install medians on New Albany Road East to help slow traffic between state Route 605 and New Albany Links Drive.

New Albany plans to install medians on New Albany Road East to help slow traffic between state Route 605 and New Albany Links Drive.

City Council on April 17 was asked to give informal authorization of the project. Members did not have to take a voice vote. None spoke against it.

Kathryn Meyer, deputy community development director, said because of budget constraints, the city hopes to fund a pilot project for the medians on New Albany Road East between Sugarwood Drive and Dean Farm Road.

Service Director Mark Nemec said the improvements could cost $75,000, which is in his budget for this year.

Meyer said the city plans to install three 10-foot-wide medians in the center of New Albany Road East west of Sugarwood Drive and east and west of the bridge between Decker Drive and Dean Farm Road. The medians would include four street trees and grass.

The speed limit on New Albany Road East is 25 miles per hour, but Meyer said people drive faster because the road has no controlled stops, such as stop signs or traffic lights, between state Route 605 and Dean Farm Road.

"The geometry of the road is such that going from east to west from Dean Farm Road, you can pick up speed," Meyer said.

She said New Albany Road East is straight and "really, really wide," which gives drivers the perception of going very slow while driving 25 miles per hour.

Meyer said the median would encourage drivers to slow down by visually narrowing the road.

Council member Sloan Spaulding said the speed limit "doesn't fit the feel of the road."

City Manager Joseph Stefanov said the city is considering increasing the speed limit on parts of the road to 35 miles per hour, but added nothing would be done until the medians are installed.