Dunes road repaving project begins, minus one speed hump
The Sanibel City Council revisited the road repaving project for the Dunes neighborhood, which commenced the day of its meeting, changing its decision on installing all five speed bumps.
On July 9, the council voted 5-0 to stick with the plan to create a no passing zone along the north and south loops of Sand Castle Road by painting double yellow striping. However, the council voted 5-0 to install only four modular speed bumps in total – nixing one on Sand Castle between 1312 and 1322.
“The striping issue to me is a safety issue,” Councilmember Holly Smith said.
Smith noted that she saw no real adverse effect to it, except that people did not want to see it.
“I think that would still be a benefit within the Dunes,” she said.
Police Chief Bill Dalton explained that it would be useful for his officers.
“The striping would give us one other tool in enforcement,” he said.
Prior to the striping vote, Public Works Director Keith Williams pointed out that sections of Sand Castle are already striped as for no passing. Staff’s recommendation was to make it continuous.
At its June meeting, the council voted in line with staff’s recommendation to reinstall two existing modular speed bumps along the south loop of Sand Castle. In addition, they supported installing a new hump on Sand Castle between 1322 and 1312 and one on Albatross Road between 1428 and 1438.
Of the two humps on Sand Castle’s north loop, council voted not to reinstall the one at 1605.
At the recent meeting, however, Williams reported to the council that staff had received feedback on the additional hump approved for the south loop. He said staff heard nothing on the Albatross one.
Based on the input, council voted 5-0 to install all as planned – minus the one at 1312-1322.
Prior to the votes on the striping and bumps, several residents spoke before the council.
Chris Callero explained that his family recently relocated from California.
“I’m not for striping,” he said, adding that they moved to get away from such stuff.
“You’re going to turn our Dunes into basically a go-kart track,” Callero said.
Another resident echoed that sentiment.
“To me, a double line looks like a major highway,” she said, adding that she thinks the striping will encourage people to speed and to not pay attention to the speed limit signs in the neighborhood.
Others suggested allowing for a proper survey of all the property owners in the area.
“If we have a little time, if you can just step back,” one resident asked of the council.
“I’m not in favor of striping,” he added.
The man also noted that service vehicles will park along the side of the road, so motorists will have to cross the double line to get around them. He continued that motorists will then be breaking the law.
City Attorney Ken Cuyler noted that it is not illegal for drivers to do so in that situation.
“You can move around a service vehicle,” he said. “You don’t have to sit and wait for hours.”
Some residents spoke out in favor of the striping and speed bumps.
One man explained that he hated when one the humps was first installed nearby.
“Then I realized it worked,” he said. “I love the bump.”
One woman explained that she was almost run down going to her mailbox.
“We need some solution – there’s no sidewalk, there’s no bike lane,” she said “I came here to enjoy this beautiful island.”
The road repaving project is estimated to take about six weeks to complete.
Williams reported that the new asphalt would take 30 days to dry before it could be striped.
The project’s contract was awarded to Southern Striping Solutions for about $517,627.