Pickerington Times-Sun

Study to gather data about speed on Diley Road

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Another complaint about excessive vehicular speeding on Diley Road in Pickerington has prompted city officials to take additional measures to address the situation.

Six months ago several complaints about speeding on Diley were met with stepped up enforcement and the temporary installment of a "Stealth Stat" device used to track average speeds and hourly traffic volumes.

This time around Pickerington Mayor Lee Gray received a letter Dec. 5 from area resident Gary Adkins.

"This road is a race track," wrote Adkins, adding "... the speeders are out of control and I'm asking you, as Mayor, to do something."

Adkins is requesting additional patrols from the Pickerington Police Department and electronic speed control signs placed on Diley Road "to remind people what the legal speed limit is."

The posted speed limit on Diley Road is 45 mph.

The issue was brought before City Council's Safety Committee Dec. 18 whereupon Pickerington Police Commander Matt Delp said the results of a previous speed study last July revealed "there didn't appear there was a speed problem on that road."

"In July we used the Stealth Stat in the area of Diley and Mulberry (Street)," Delp said.

Stealth Stat is a rectangular box that affixes to a utility pole and gathers traffic and speed data.

It also serves as a directional radar unit. The police department spent $3,500 on the device.

Delp said 85 percent of the vehicles recorded during a one-week period in July averaged about 51 mph.

City Councilman Mike Sabatino asked Delp if the police department could conduct another speed study.

Delp said the department will first need to borrow the city's lift truck to install the Stealth Stat device.

City Manager Bill Vance recommended the department again set up shop on Diley Road for targeted enforcement.

"Maybe we can go out there and target there a couple days a week from 5 (p.m.) to 7 (p.m.)," Vance said.

Delp agreed to do the traffic study after the first of the year along with targeted enforcement during those hours.